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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Habits That Make You More Stressed Out

Everyone deals with stress and, if left uncontrolled, it can be very damaging to your physical and mental health – and, of course, to your long-term sobriety. In fact, it’s the leading cause of relapse, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

While we’re all likely familiar with common stressors – for example, relationships, family, finances, health, school, career – some simple everyday habits can incite anxiety, too, according to a recent article on Forbes.com. 

This is especially true if you’re a millennial. Twelve percent of millennials have a diagnosed anxiety disorder — almost twice the percentage of Boomers, according to the American Psychological Association.

Here are a few behaviors outlined in the article:  
  • Poor sleep. Lack of sleep has been found to “ramp up the brain regions that contribute to excessive worrying,” according to a study by the University of California at Berkeley.  
  • Erratic eating. Skipping meals can cause unsteady blood sugar levels, which can lead to dehydration, which is an anxiety trigger, as well as shakiness, dizziness, confusion and difficulty speaking.
  • Too much caffeine. Drinking too much coffee (or other caffeinated beverages like energy drinks) can make you jittery, irritable and nervous, especially if you’re already predisposed to anxiety. It can also cause dehydration.
  • Smartphone overuse. Too much time on your smartphone can increases central nervous system arousal, which can amplify anxiety. What’s more, social media has been linked with low moods and depressions.
  • Hanging out with anxious people. Venting to a friend who also tends to stress a lot may seem therapeutic but it can actually make anxiety worse, according to research. 
Learn to Manage Stress at Red Oak
Our addiction programs focus on the unique needs of young adults in early recovery, including managing anxiety, depression and anger. Our clients learn about what triggers and motivates them to use in the first place, and work to develop new healthy coping strategies and positive skills for lasting recovery. To learn more, call today: 866-831-9107.


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