Why is Mental Health Getting Worse Over Time?
Mental health is a growing concern in modern society, with more and more people struggling with various mental health-related issues. While there are many factors that can contribute to mental health problems, there are some key areas that appear to be having a particularly detrimental effect on people’s mental wellbeing.
In recent years, unhealthy diets have become increasingly popular. While it is true that processed foods can be quick and convenient, they are also often high in sugar, fat and salt and lacking in essential vitamins and minerals. This can lead to a wide range of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and even psychosis.
Lack of Physical Exercise
Physical exercise is vital for our wellbeing, both physical and mental. Regular exercise helps to reduce stress, improve our mood and can even help to reduce the risk of developing mental health problems. Unfortunately, many of us are now leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles, with long hours spent sitting in front of a computer or TV, and little time left for physical activity. This lack of exercise can have a serious impact on our mental health.
Social isolation can have a devastating effect on mental health. With many of us now living far away from our families and friends, or spending much of our time alone, it can be difficult to find meaningful friendships and important social connections. This lack of social support can lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation and even depression.
Family Break Up
Break ups can be a traumatic experience, particularly when they involve children. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly common for families to split up, leaving children without a stable and secure home environment. This can have serious ramifications for their mental wellbeing, leading to feelings of insecurity, anxiety and even depression.
Childhood Neglect and Trauma
Childhood neglect and trauma can have a long-lasting effect on mental health. These experiences can lead to feelings of worthlessness, low self-esteem and even post-traumatic stress disorder. Unfortunately, these issues are often overlooked and can have a devastating impact on children’s mental health.
Pressure of Competition in Schools and the Workplace
For many of us, the pressure of competition can be overwhelming. In schools and universities, children are increasingly under pressure to perform well in exams and projects, while in the workplace, adults are expected to meet ever-increasing targets and deadlines. This pressure can lead to feelings of anxiety and stress, which can have a serious impact on mental health.
Modern, Western lifestyles can have a detrimental effect on mental health, with unhealthy diets, lack of physical exercise, loneliness, family break up, childhood neglect and trauma, and the pressure of competition in schools and the workplace all contributing to the growing problem. It is therefore incumbent upon us to take action and ensure that we take steps to improve our mental health, both individually and collectively.
By making small changes in our everyday lives, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, connecting with friends and family and taking time out to relax, we can make a real difference to our mental health and wellbeing.