7 Surprising Habits That Are Making Your Anxiety Worse
Living with anxiety is a daily challenge, so it's important to know what aspect of your day-to-day life could be negatively impacting your mood.
Here are seven surprising habits that could actually be making your anxiety worse:
1. Ignoring Phone Calls
We live in an age of texting and instant messenger. So the thought of talking on the phone and hearing an actual human's voice is a foreign concept to some people.
But letting that phone call from your mom, or your doctor, or even your best friend go to voicemail is hurting your mental health. Not only are you depriving yourself of real social interaction, but you're also probably avoiding something by not taking calls.
Whether you're flaking on plans or putting off a difficult conversation, it's always best to confront things head-on to avoid letting the stress get the best of you.
2. Not Keeping A Regular Schedule
It's hard to stay on schedule when you're anxious. And when you're depressed? Forget it. But sticking to a routine is vital for mental health.
"The body and mind like routine and equates this with safety," board-certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Katie Meyer tells Bustle. "Regular routines ... keep blood sugar regulated, ensure you're getting enough rest, and keep cortisol levels at bay." All good things.
3. Working Too Hard
Even science agrees, working too much is bad for your health. Those long work days you pull are only going to burn you out in the long run and drive you crazy.
Taking time for yourself to follow your own passions is crucial to have a healthy work-life balance.
4. Drinking Caffeine
Caffeinated beverages (whether it's coffee, tea, soda, or energy drinks) are stimulants, and consuming too many of them can make you extremely jittery and anxious.
5. Consuming Too Much Alcohol
If you have anxiety, alcohol can actually exacerbate it — especially if you're drinking as a coping mechanism. As a depressant, alcohol has a direct impact on your mood and can make you very emotional.
6. Watching The News In The Morning
It's important to start each day off on the right foot, and all that negative news first thing in the morning is not the way to do it.
When you suffer from anxiety, your mindset each morning sets the tone for your mental health that day, so save watching and reading about the heavy stuff for another time.
7. Spending Too Much Time On Social Media
Science has shown that there is a positive correlation between social media use and feelings of depression. All that creeping you do on other people isn't giving you an accurate picture of their lives — just the highlight reel.
This can cause you to fear that you are missing out on life or to feel inferior. The healthiest thing you can do is give up your bad social media habits.