1.Constantly checking your phone
A hurtful habit is being glued to our phones and checking them without even thinking about it, Vanessa says.
Research by De Montfort University recently found that checking your phone regularly can make you more distracted and forgetful, and that’s not to mention the negative impact this habit can have on your mental health.
Vanessa said: "Spending too much time on your phone and on social media can diminish self-esteem and breed negative thoughts.
"To overcome this, monitor your screen time and be mindful of who you choose to follow, which online conversations or debates you choose to join, and focus on the positive posts, rather than the negative ones.
2.Being inside all day
Spending the majority of your day indoors can significantly increase your risk for depression, with lack of sunlight and vitamin D contributing to depressive symptoms.
The natural light, change of scenery and exercise can boost your mental health, improve your mood, and increase your ability to concentrate.
3. Sleeping too little
A lack of sleep can leave us feeling a little ropey, and this Vanessa says, is because sleep deprivation leads to low mood, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and getting more easily overwhelmed, which can negatively impact your mental health.
She explained: "Just one week of disturbed or poor sleep can increase stress levels, anger, and feelings of sadness, and it is a vicious cycle, with each of these factors making it more difficult to fall and stay asleep.
"Using techniques to relax and unwind before bed will help you to develop a sleep routine that works for you, helping you to feel energized and more positive during your waking hours."
4. Bad diet
High-sugar, processed foods like cakes, bread, and biscuits, as well as red meat can substantially raise the risk for depression and eating these sorts of foods on a regular basis could be one of the reasons your mental health is suffering.
"Studies have shown that eating these foods in large quantities, as well as low amounts of fruits and vegetables is associated with an increased risk of depression and mood disorders.
"To positively impact your mental health, pay close attention to the foods you are fuelling your body and mind with, and opt for a diet full of fruits, vegetables, and wholegrains", Vanessa said
5. Lack of exercise
Exercising is brilliant for reducing stress and the feel-good endorphins released by exercise can be an instant mood-booster.
Vanessa states that regular exercise can also help improve your energy levels and motivation, increasing feelings of happiness and reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.
She said: "For maximum benefit, try to do at least 30 minutes of exercise three to five times a week.