Mental Health, Wellness / Self-Care

5 mindless habits that are causing you Anxiety

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words by: Sahar Khraibani
Aug 4, 2022

If you’re the kind of person who tries to live mindfully, and wants to eliminate as many life stressors and anxieties as possible, then you may want to hear about some mindless habits that could be causing you unnecessary anxiety. Feeling constantly exhausted and drained has become the norm, leading us to overextend ourselves in order to get through the day. If you are feeling tired, regardless of how much rest you’re getting, these everyday unaccounted for behaviors could be the reason behind this.

 

In order to fix this, your focus should be aimed at boosting your energy, and while there are several ways to do that, such as eating healthier, getting enough sleep, getting fresh air, and exercising, you still need to look at the microscopic picture — certain small habits that could be making your anxiety worse.

 

Having a messy work environment

We’re not here to judge how you work, but working on a desk or environment that is cluttered may increase inattentiveness and your likelihood to be distracted. This results in requiring a longer time to complete simple tasks and using up more mental energy than necessary. So you can factor in a “Decluttering” moment before you start your work day and it will make you feel overall better about sitting on a desk.

 

Endless open tabs

Yes, that’s actually a thing. Having too many open tabs on your browser increases your anxiety because you’re essentially putting your brain into overdrive. Do you really want to have 25 open tabs all at once? The answer is probably no. Instead of losing time bouncing from one tab to the other, you can bookmark the important tabs and have on average 3 or 4 tabs open. It will make you feel lighter and less anxious.

 

Bad posture

As a result of increased pressure on your body’s muscles, joints, and ligaments, poor posture can drain your energy, and we know what that means: More stress. It’s hard to maintain good posture, but using some posture-correcting accessories may be necessary to look into. This will benefit you both in the short term and long run.

 

Emotionally heavy binge-watching sessions

When you watch emotionally charged TV shows, trait identification, which means that you can temporarily imagine yourself experiencing the same events or feelings of a character, ends up exhausting you mentally and drains your energy. This is fine every once in a while, but sustained high-intensity emotions make you feel overstimulated in a way that could interfere with your nervous system and cause you to be more anxious than usual. So you can be mindful about the TV shows or entertainment you consume, and be cautious of how it makes you feel.

 

Having an irregular eating schedule or waiting too long between meals

Certain organs in the body, such as the brain, can only use carbs — which turns to glucose for energy. Though the body can store glucose, there is a limit to how long it can go without it. So when that supply gets depleted and blood sugar drops, your brain gets foggy and functions with a harder time. This means that your nervous system is also affected, and waiting too long between meals or having an irregular eating schedule may cause you unnecessary anxiety.

 

Here’s how to lower your anxiety with breathwork and WFH without losing your mind.

 

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