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These Common Stimulants Could Be Causing Your Anxiety

When it comes to reducing the levels of stress and anxiety you may face at any given time, there are a few important steps you must take in order to keep stress levels as relatively low as often as possible. Although there's currently no single cure for getting rid of stress and anxiety, there are ways you can take control of this issue from letting it take over your life. There are plenty of habits that you can add into your life, such as deep breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, physical exercise, and a better diet. There are also a few things you can remove from your life for a healthier and calmer lifestyle overall. There are some very common stimulants out there that you may not even realize are causing you to feel anxiety, yet once you get rid of them, you may find that it is much easier to fight off high levels of stress and anxiety. 

For instance, if you are the type of person who always needs at least one cup of coffee in the morning in order to get through the day, you may be making your own anxiety worse. True, most people can rely on the caffeine fix coffee provides without experiencing problems, but there are people who react negatively to the stimulating effects coffee can have. Try switching to black tea for a week and see if that improves your anxiety.

Unfortunately, there are some more common foods and snacks that you may need to cut back on -- or remove completely -- if you really want to decrease your stress levels. Soda is another beverage that not only has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever, it also causes anxiety to worsen in many people, mostly due to the sugar content's ability to encourage production of the stress hormone cortisol in the body.

Chocolate is another surprising source of anxiety for some people. Yes, it does have the health benefits of having antioxidants, but this may not be worth it if you are prone to experiencing high anxiety or panic attacks. Try reducing your intake, and when you do indulge, make sure it is dark chocolate only.

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