Ways you’re making your anxiety worse

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Eating too much sugar. I mentioned it when I talked about depression – there’s a ton of research that shows a link between sugar and anxiety. You’re feeding your body fuel it can’t use and it’s causing nervous energy in your body.

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Staying sedentary. So many of us are stuck sitting all day and don’t have a lot of opportunities to get up and move around. Try taking a walk around the block after dinner or bedtime yoga.

You’re worried about things you have no control over. Oftentimes panic attacks are rooted in control issues. Realize that you only have control over your own actions, attitudes, words, and feelings.

You’re living in the past. You can’t do anything about yesterday, so it’s best to try to figure out a way to move on. A therapist can be a really big help for letting go of the past.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered by your old nonsense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You’re drinking too much caffeine. It works the same way as sugar – you’re feeding your body energy it’s not going to be able to use if you’re sedentary. That energy is building up in your body and the only way out is through anxiety.

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You’re ADD/ADHD. You’ll need a professional opinion from a therapist, psychologist, or doctor, but ADD can cause anxiety. Living with ADD can be exhausting because your brain is constantly in high gear and your body can’t manage that kind of velocity. You can try natural fixes, or see a doctor about medication.

You’re living in a constant state of stress. If your life is hectic with little downtime, you could be forcing your body to produce too much stress hormones. Producing too much stress hormones is tough on your body and overwhelming to your brain. Try finding some areas of your life that you can declutter – job duties? Relationships? Responsbilities? Volunteering? Are you doing too much and need to move some things off your plate?

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Medications. Check out the side effects and interactions for all of your current meds for symptoms like nervousness, heart racing, heart palpitations, sweating, flushing, trouble swallowing, and trouble breathing. If you think your anxiety may be worsened or caused by your medications, you should talk to your doctor ASAP.

Feeding your brain grief porn. Grief porn, or “recreational grieving,” is a sort of “getting off” on sad news. When we scroll our social media feed and read story after story of political outrage or some sort of needless suffering, we’re spooning more negative emotion into our brains. While it’s great to be aware of the suffering of mankind, try not to spend too much time indulging it.

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Locking yourself in the house. You’ve got to come out at some point, and it’s just going to be harder the longer you wait. Going in public can be totally overwhelming for individuals suffering from anxiety, but you can’t get out of practice. Everytime you force yourself to do hard things, you’re challenging and growing your brain.