Anxiety is hard. Worse yet, some of your tried and true habits are actually detrimental to your anxiety. But don’t worry. Today in the Rain, we’re going to look at your 5 worst habits for anxiety, why they exist, and how to break them. We got this 🙂
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1. Too Much Caffeine
I weigh under 100 pounds. I know, I know-I’m gaining weight okay! So while avoiding alcohol is an obvious move for me, avoiding excess caffeine is essential too. Caffeine is immensely prevalent-which is why this one tops the worst habits for anxiety list.
Coffee can give many a sense of calm alertness. But for those with anxiety, caffeine’s naturally stimulants sensations that can be interpreted as pre-anxiety attack effects. That beating heart can mean the start of the day for some! But it might worsen the fears of your anxious friend.
Sometimes, your morning coffee is less about content and more about establishing a routine. Thankfully, there are a plethora of low and caffeine-free options to jumpstart your day! Herbal teas can often provide just enough caffeine to get you going without making you jittery later.
Caffeine-free tea options are also ideal for bedtime relaxation. Keep an eye out for specialty-made herbal teas made specifically to help you fall asleep and sleep better.
So next time you down your daily cup of joe, pause to see how it makes you feel after. Feeling good after one cup but not three? Cut back as much as feels right. And don’t forget these methods for stopping an anxiety attack when needed.
2. Exercising Your Social Media Addiction
To be honest, I’m not really a coffee-morning type of person. I AM a social media morning addict though. I’ll wake up to an alarm on my phone, then spend the next 10 minutes scrolling through my Instagram feed.
This can be great when I see positive things: like back-to-back posts from my sorority and Asian Student Association littles. Or when I scroll through a satisfying storm of slime videos. But usually, my feed is full of beautiful friend hangouts or fancy events that instead of making me happy, augment FOMO and self-doubt in a tired barely-awake brain.
Leave the social media checking to a more awake, more compassionate you later in the day. Are you like me, making excuses for scrolling by sadly using your phone as an alarm clock? C’mon. Grab a clock and start waking up healthier.
3. Not Getting Enough Sleep
Speaking of sleep, you should get some. Anxiety can make falling asleep harder. And that makes sleep even more vital for you to get. I know, staying up late and waking up later can be so, so enticing.
But get this-getting a good amount of sleep, regularly, can feel even better and even boost productivity. Maybe you can even schedule in that long-avoided but much-needed breakfast too 🙂
I personally hate drinking water. There’s something about a sweet, sweet glass of soda that just gets me (caffeine and sugar, what could go wrong huh).
But being dehydrated can lead to headaches, muscle fatigue, and increased heart rate. You got it-sounds similar to caffeine alone right? These symptoms can also be interpreted as pre-anxiety attack signals, worsening your condition.
So next time you’re reaching for that ice-cold Coca-Cola, try reaching for an ice water instead. Or some celery. Mmm, crunchy hydration.
5. Not Keeping a Regular Schedule
I become my own worst enemy when I’m not on a schedule. My anxiety always gets worse right after a school semester. For some reason, not having a regular day-to-day expectation or place to be throws my brain for a loop. What do I do now? Am I doing enough? How to I ensure a good future? Am I worthy?
The wondrous self-doubts spin out of control when I have no goal or schedule to plan for. Whether your routine is based off of school, work, or something else, try creating a set schedule to manage expectations.
Don’t have classes or a job? Don’t worry, I don’t mean you have to have a typical 9-5 to have a regular routine. Waking up at the same time each day, planning meals for a regular time, and even trying to exercise or get out of the house 5 times a week are all examples of ways to create a regular schedule.
Having trouble getting started? Get some inspiration from cute, weekly planning sheets like these:
It’s time! Gift yourself a regular schedule based on your goals. Avoid your time-warp self-doubts, while reaping some sweet organizational and productivity-based accomplishments in the process.👌 Worst habits for anxiety, begone!
Best Changes to Your Worst Habits for Anxiety
Your worst anxiety habits can change into your best changes if you let them. I’m guilty of all of these habits, I know. They aren’t easy to break. But you don’t have to do them all at once.
Take time to improve on each of these areas, a little at a time. Oh, and join this cool newsletter in the Rain for some more tips and a community to support you along the way.