Stop Streaming: Your Netflix Bingeing Is Hurting Your Mental Health

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Be careful how you spend your free time.

We've all been there — you roll out of bed and drag yourself to your job, spend 8+ hours sitting behind a desk, and spend another hour stuck in traffic commuting home.

Then you have to take care of your kids. Or your furbabies. Or maybe just those succulents you can't manage to keep alive (good thing you don't have kids).

Once you're done pretending to be an adult with real responsibilities, all you want to do is crawl into bed with delivery pizza and watch Netflix until you pass the f*ck out.

But it turns out your nightly habit might be doing more harm than good. In fact, how you spend your free time has a huge impact on your mental health — often for the worse.

Here are the worst habits that negatively affect your mental wellbeing and how you can lead a healthier life:

You never exercise.

Laying in bed all night watching Scandal is not the best way to spend your time after a long day of work. Living vicariously through Olivia Pope doesn't help you in your real life. Even if you're too exhausted to go to the gym, going for a walk or doing some yoga at home are great alternatives to sitting in front of the TV all night.

You never pick up a vegetable.

It's no secret that a healthy diet is the best cure-all. If you're not providing your body with the proper nutrition, your physical AND mental health will begin to suffer. Ditching the pizza for a veggie wrap will do wonders for your energy and outlook.

You never give yourself a real break.

Everyone needs some R&R. But if you're skipping out on downtime because you're too stressed with work or suffering from a serious case of FOMO, you need to slow down. Spending some time alone will allow you to rejuvenate and reevaluate what matters most in your life. Everybody could use some more "me-time".

You never say "no".

You're not Wonder Woman — so stop pretending to be. You can't do everything and be everywhere at once. With only so many hours in the day, it's important to prioritize all that you have on your plate so you can learn to say no when you have too many commitments.