6 Habit Changes To Help Your Mental Health — That You Can Do In Your Bathroom

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If you have a mental illness, one of the most important things you can do is develop a solid roster of good habits. Literally everyone in the world has bad habits, but when you're mentally ill, even fairly benign bad habits can spin up into behaviors that can exacerbate your struggles. It's likely not a shock that you can develop tons of good habits — but what may be surprising is that some of the habit changes you can make to help your mental health can actually start in your bathroom.

As someone who struggles with mental illness, I learned a long time ago that in order to minimize my generalized anxiety and my terrible procrastination habits, I have to keep to a solid daily routine. Otherwise, things in my life tend to go more than a little haywire. I don't have an issue switching up my routine, but there are certain things — caring for my desk plants, making my bed, and listening to music before going to sleep — that I cling to to keep me on track.

Of course, helpful routines and habits aren't one-size-fits-all, but the habits below are great starting points for using your time in the bathroom to help keep your mental health on track.