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6 Seemingly Harmless Habits That Can Increase Your Anxiety

6 Seemingly Harmless Habits That Can Increase Your Anxiety

A lot of times we are responsible for increasing the anxiety in us. However, we are not aware of the habits that contribute to increased stress and anxiety.

Responsibilities and daily pressures contribute to worrisome, stressed out days. Many of us become victims of depression, being unable to handle the daily issues. According to the statistics by Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the country. It also added that it affects almost 40 million adults. However, not every one of us knows that some of our habits can contribute to making our anxiety even worse.

"Addressing anxiety through increased mindfulness and making little tweaks to every day habits can help you to feel empowered, which is a great step to having a happier, healthier you," said Tiffany Towers, PsyD a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist to Bustle.

Therefore, here are a few habits that can contribute to your anxiety. Changing these habits can do your emotional and mental health great favor.

1. Too much caffeine 

Some of us live on coffee. A dose of one or two coffees is a must to get us going in the morning. However, too much of your favorite drink can make your anxiety worse.  "Caffeine is seemingly harmless, however, when dealing with anxiety, caffeine can ignite or increase our symptoms," says Autumn Collier, a psychotherapist to Bustle. Collier also added that the signs of too much caffeine were very similar to that of anxiety such as increased heart rate, restlessness, sweating, nervousness, and dizziness. Switching to decaffeinated coffee or reducing coffee can help your mental wellbeing. 

2. Never taking time off

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In this fast-moving world, it is important to be on your toes. But that does not mean you get yourself worked up so bad that it takes a toll on your health. Everyone needs to take time off, it can be a walk, a relaxing bath or a quick 30 minutes read. "Find out what soothes and recharges you and make it a priority. Following through on this will also increase your confidence in your ability to take care of yourself, which can help minimize anxiety," says  Bianca L. Rodriguez, MA to Bustle. 

3. Letting yourself be the victim

Another destructive habit that can increase your anxiety is your negative mindset. According to Calm Clinic, making yourself the victim of the disorder and feeling sorry about yourself all the time can affect your anxiety even more. If you understand that you are going through anxiety, get out and spend time with people who can make you laugh. Anxiety is a curable problem and so seeing yourself as the helpless victim is not going to help. 

4. Over-scheduling yourself 

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You might be a person who loves to be productive but packing your schedule with more work and trying to accomplish every task possible can make you even more anxious. "People can decrease their anxiety by selectively choosing the most important tasks and foregoing others," says licensed psychotherapist Jill Lurie to Bustle. By prioritizing things, you can also find time to relax. 

5.  Watching too much news

Being updated about the world is a good thing but it is found that constant news can increase your anxiety levels. "Televised news increases anxiety with the rapid pace of show content delivery," said licensed psychotherapist Lisa Hutchison to Bustle. The increased amount of negative news in the media is the reason for it. If you still want to remain informed, reading some news is a better way. 

6. Sleep deprivation 

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According to Calm Clinic, the most common habit that can contribute to your anxiety to sleep deprivation. A lot of people who suffer from anxiety avoid sleeping. This increases stress and anxiety. Getting good sound sleep is a great way to cope up with the anxiety. So make sure that you get enough sleep. Create a bedtime routine or exercise during the day to have a good sleep. 

References:

https://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/destructive-habits
https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics
https://www.bustle.com/p/15-seemingly-harmless-habits-that-can-make-anxiety-worse-8405547

Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.