Be it good or bad habit, once inculcated, we do not need to make a conscious effort to follow one or keep in check. The one thing about habit is that after a prolonged
period of time, it becomes a part of us, and what we do, how we think, and the
way we react eventually depends upon what we keep doing over and over again.
Considering the fact that anxiety can be easily avoided and tackled using one’s own will power and optimism, there are almost 65% of people who complain of stress and anxiety on a regular basis. It all boils down to perspective and the trust in one’s own ability when it comes to handling adverse situations.
Here’s taking a look at some habits that bring about or deteriorate anxiety:
Pessimism– You are not born with a negative attitude towards
life, a lot of people tend to chose pessimism as a way of life. Anxiety is a
negative feeling in itself and with your mind running in circles with negative
thoughts; the stress level is bound to get worse.
Lack of activity– An empty mind most definitely is the devil’s
workshop. Studies have revealed that people who keep themselves occupied are
less stressed out than others.
Putting job over everything else– Workaholics swear by working round the
clock, and hence miss out on family time. So, when things go awry, they do not
have a support system to back upon. It is much easier when you have someone to
share your grief with.
Another drawback for over-enthusiastic professionals is that the constant pressure of work lead
to workplace stress and degenerate one’s quality of life.
Compromising on sleep- Sleep is the fuel your body runs on. If have made
it a habit to stay up till the wee hours or get sleep in snatches, it’s time
you change your habits for the better.
Coffee and Sugar addiction- Caffeine is our modern day holy grail,
and if you are a self-confessed workaholic, chances are coffee is your best
ally. However, apart from rejuvenating almost instantly, coffee also tends to
make one nervous. Similarly, sugar too makes you feel lethargic after giving a
How to change habits that make you anxious
The first step to making a permanent change is
by changing your mindset. Prepare yourself to change for the better and come
hail-or-high water, pledge to stick by.
- Chalk up a schedule that should be practical and also give enough leverage for you to
fill in your daily work goal.
- Get enough sleep, zero in on a particular timing as your bed time and even if you
are not sleepy, go lie down and try to sleep.
- Reach out and connect with people. Take a break and visit your family or plan a trip
with your friends. Make space for weekend getaways in your schedule.
- It’s okay to disconnect for a while. Switch off your phone, get off the internet and
go enjoy a drink at your favorite lounge.
- Give up caffeine for green tea. Contrary to the popular belief, coffee does not keep
you up all night; it’s mostly in the mind. Also, green tea does have traces of
caffeine (enough to rejuvenate you) and is a healthier option for both your brain
Be aware of your habits, write them down in a diary and analyze which one needs to be changed in
order to improve the quality of your current life.