5 Habits That Cause Depression and Low Self-Esteem

Science says that positivity comes from within. Someone who is comfortable in their skin, personality and is satisfied with their life are more likely to see the world and its inhabitants in a positive light. Someone on the contrary, who are not self-confident will be surrounded by negative thoughts and will see the world in a negative light. In the long term, the person will enter, a difficult to escape, the mental pathway of depression. Depression hinders personal growth, which further lowers self-confidence, which pulls you into a mental quicksand.

Depression among teens is caused due to social pressure, unrealistic academic expectations and going through biological changes. The symptoms of which are feelings of low self-worth, isolation, loss of willpower and feelings of sadness. Surprisingly depression among teens is rising exponentially, and low self-esteem seems to be one of the major causes of depression. Prolonged periods of anxiety lead to chronic depression and unfortunately, this age bracket has become the highest in suicidal rates globally. Medical practitioners advise antidepressants such as SSRIs however, therapy, and counseling are more effective and long term compared to prescriptions and do not have any side effects. The most effective natural remedy is to actively make changes in lifestyle and thought processes. This has proven to be everlasting in helping people find their worth and importance.

When a person is depressed, the rational thought process is not functional hence it is time-consuming and fatiguing to make efforts and fight depression. The obvious way out is to think positively about oneself. Self-assess yourself and know what are your strengths and weaknesses. The first step in the positive direction is to let go of some habits rather than adopt new ones.

Actively work to eliminate your weaknesses and get rid of any habits such as the ones stated below that might be toxic to your growth.

  1. Perfectionism:

 It is just another reason to be afraid of failure while concealing this fear by setting unrealistically high standards. Know that this would only lead you to be less confident about yourself. Look around and you will realize that people who experiment and are not afraid to fail, have learned the most in life. Be open to give new things a shot and fail as many times as necessary because what failure gives you, success does not i.e. experience and learning.