When you are trying to combat your anxiety, the last thing you want is for some of your habits to undermine all your efforts. There are things that could be contributing to your anxiety that you have control over. So, the first step in the right direction is to identify what those things are. In this article, you will find a list of five things that may be worsening or contributing to your anxiety, so you can make changes and feel more at peace.
- Caffeine- You may feel like you can’t live without your daily coffee or tea, but caffeine makes you feel jittery and increases feelings of anxiety. You may not need to stop drinking caffeine altogether, but you might try cutting down on how much of it you consume to see if it makes a difference for you.
- Poor Diet- If your diet consists of too many carbohydrates and not enough of the nutrients you need, this can affect your mood and worsen your anxiety.
- Insufficient Sleep- Not sleeping enough is linked to a variety of health problems, including anxiety. Getting enough sleep may not be entirely in your control whether it’s because you have a sleeping disorder or young children. However, if it is in your control, do whatever you need to get enough sleep.
- Messy Environment- Clutter in your environment often means clutter in your mind that can contribute to your anxiety, so take the time to clean up after yourself or voice your needs if it is someone else who is creating the mess.
- The News- The world can be a sad and scary place, and while it is important to keep up with important events, you don’t need to be informed every minute of the day to the detriment of your mental health.
If you struggle with anxiety and you are interested in therapy, contact the office of Dr. James Campbell, LLC.