Being continually anxious is the worst, and unfortunately, more and more people are living with anxiety thanks to the ‘always switched on’ culture of social media and selfies we’ve become so used to. Paranoia, loneliness, FOMO (fear of missing out) and, you guessed it, anxiety, are just some of the drawbacks we now experience on a regular basis, and they’re only getting worse.
Although commonly swept under the rug, anxiety is a legitimate mental health issue that fills the brain and body with feelings of unease, fear, stress and worry. A lot of people even worry about worrying, which is an endless cycle and can contribute to humungous mental fatigue!
So, how can you keep your anxiety to a minimum? Take a look at these 5 anxiety-inducing habits you might be doing, and see how you can fight them head on!
5 habits that could add to your anxiety
1 | Sleepless nights
Everyone know you’ve got to get a good night’s sleep to function properly the next day, but sleepless nights can also contribute to your anxiety without you even noticing. If you’re feeling particularly sleepy, your stress levels are more likely to shoot up as lack of patience and agitation set in.
You can quit the sleepless nights by kerbing just a few of your favourite things, and learning to think about your mind & body first. These include: avoiding caffeine any time after 5pm (this includes energy drinks and tea), staying away from ‘blue light’ technology (such as your phone or TV) one hour before shut-eye, and relaxing your way into sleep with a book, meditation, or listening to calming music.
2 | Junk food + sugar
Junk food and sugar are a destructive combination when it comes to your health, and together they can really contribute to increased anxiety levels. Sugar is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream and quickly vacates from the body too, giving a blood sugar crash that leaves most feeling low and anxious.
Junk food’s artificial flavours and fat generate anxiety because the dopamine, the pleasure senses in the brain, are only satisfied temporarily. The lack of nutrients in the junk food will also send dopamine levels back down to crash, leaving you high and dry both mentally and physically.
Instead, when you feel like a nutritious snack, try our low calorie/carb snack alternatives, like our Chocolate Protein Wafer, or NEW Protein Popcorn (exclusive to us in collaboration with Joe & Seph).