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Are These Habits Making Your Anxiety Worse?

By Sara Butler

There is a time and place for anxiety. Before a big test or a giant deadline, anxiety can be a motivating emotion. But if you experience uncontrollable negative emotions and worry regularly, then that’s a much different story. Anxiety left unchecked can create big problems for you, impacting your daily function, behavior, and emotions. But you can get control back by recognizing the things you may be doing over the course of a day that are making anxiety worse and do something about them!

You Overanalyze Everything

If you continually think about a situation but don’t take action to resolve it, then that’s called rumination. This is one of the hallmarks of anxiety, that you overthink and overanalyze every aspect of something. Rumination has been found to lead to negative moods and can make anxiety and depression worse.

So, instead of stewing about a problem at work or home, think about the steps you can take to resolve the situation. Write down possible solutions and think about how you can try to fix them. It’s important to work on tolerating some uncertainty in your life since it will help you to stop obsessing about things you can’t control at the moment.

You Check Your Email Constantly

Working to achieve a balance between work and life is something most people struggle with, and it can be really hard to do when your cell phone is constantly alerting you of new messages and emails. Don’t allow yourself to be chained to your email all day, every day. This will just cause more anxiety for you. Instead, create some phone-free time in your day and set limits on how often you check.

You Don’t Exercise

One of the best ways to deal with stress and anxiety is exercise, but if you’re skipping the gym more days than you’re actually going, then it’s only contributing to your anxiety. Exercise releases hormones that help to boost your mood naturally and stave off anxiety. You should also eat healthily and get quality sleep at night. These things help your body to regulate emotions and mood.

Anxiety doesn’t have to keep you from doing the things you enjoy or being healthy, just think about the things you’re doing and try to decide if they’re helping or hurting your state of mind. If it’s the latter, then think about ways to change it for a healthier, less anxious future!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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