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Four Habits That Can Affect Anxiety Levels ~ Collaborative Post


This is a difficult time for many and mental health can be a huge struggle at the best of times. I wanted to share this information as it can be the small, little changes that make a huge difference to our everyday mindset...

"Anxiety is a very common mental health issue that many of us struggle with at some point in our lives. For some people, it is a lifelong condition that they need to learn to live with and manage, and that often means making changes to your lifestyle. It’s important that you seek professional help for your anxiety, but you also need to consider some of your habits and lifestyle choices because they may be making your anxiety worse. If you want to manage your anxiety more effectively, these are some of the habits that you need to change. 

Drinking Alcohol 

Alcohol is often used as a coping mechanism by people with anxiety, especially if it is undiagnosed. Drinking alcohol has a relaxing effect and so people start using it to self medicate. However, alcohol actually causes more feelings of anxiety in the long term and it can also lead to depression. You also start to rely on alcohol to feel calm when your anxiety is bad, and this may eventually develop into a reliance and even an addiction. That doesn’t mean that people with anxiety shouldn’t drink, but it does mean that you need to be careful around alcohol.

Smoking
 
Smoking is another habit that people mistakenly think calms them down. In fact, smoking has been shown to increase feelings of anxiety, so even if the obvious health issues haven’t encouraged you to quit, you should try to kick the habit to improve your anxiety. If you are finding it difficult to quit, you should look for an online vape shop and try an e-cigarette for a while. It’s still not ideal, but it’s a good stepping stone to help you beat the habit. 

Checking Your Phone Constantly 

We’re all guilty of spending too much time on our phones but checking your phone constantly could be making your anxiety worse. But social media, in particular, has been shown to make people feel more anxious. Checking social media from time to time is fine, but if you are always scrolling, you are exposed to a lot of negativity and that will make you feel a lot more anxious. If you are addicted to your phone, you can download apps that help you to stop using it so often and block certain things, like social media. 

Not Drinking Enough Water 

Staying hydrated is important for your overall health, and it can help to reduce feelings of anxiety. If you don’t drink enough water, you will become dehydrated and this can increase your heart rate and make you feel light headed. These are both symptoms of anxiety and can also trigger increased feelings of anxiety. If you want to avoid anxiety, make sure that you are drinking around 8 glasses of water a day. If you are bad at keeping up with it, you can get smart water bottles that connect to an app on your phone and send reminders when you haven’t been drinking enough. 

These bad habits can all make your anxiety worse but if you can cut them out, you will find it a lot easier to manage feelings of anxiety."

Madolyn
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