3 Bad Habits That Are Increasing Your Stress

You always know when your stress levels are climbing way too fast for comfort. Besides mere intuition, you can always tell from the way your body feels during times of high stress or anxiety that you need to stop what you’re doing and take a breather. Chances are high that you probably have more than a few chronic stressors in your life. Identifying these stressful habits can help you work on successfully eliminating them from your life, which will reduce your stress drastically and allow you to live more mindfully and in a more focused state. Most of us actually share many of the same anxiety triggers caused by stressful habits. Here are three of the most common bad habits that are probably increasing the amount of stress you feel on a daily basis.

Caffeine Overload

What’s the easiest way to perk up on a dreary morning or after a big lunch? Coffee, of course, or maybe even an energy drink or two. While moderate amounts of caffeine are generally agreed upon to be safe, and even good for you, too much stimulation can raise levels of anxiety, the stress hormone cortisol, and blood pressure. Chronic anxiety due to a constant caffeine fix will only have negative effects on your health, so be sure to get the proper sleep you need each night.

Staying Up Late

Speaking of getting good sleep, it’s important to do your best to cut back on the late bedtimes. Even if you wake up late and get a full eight hours, staying up late into the night actually messes up your body’s natural circadian rhythm, so that you find yourself in a consistently worse mood as time goes on. You’ll also be more prone to negative thinking, which makes anxiety that much stronger in the long run. Banish all electronic devices from the bedroom at least an hour before bedtime to help you fall asleep faster and sooner.

Commuting

You’ve probably described your commute as “killer” more than once, and while it may not necessarily be that perilous, it can certainly increase your levels of stress over time. Bad traffic, road blocks, and constant car horns blaring all around you can really agitate you and put you on edge for the rest of the morning. Try walking or biking to work if you can, or at least listen to your favorite music to help you relax. 

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