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How Alcohol and Anxiety Are a Bad Mix

How Alcohol and Anxiety Are a Bad Mix 0

We all too commonly make the assumption that having a glass of red wine after a long and arduous day is a good way to unwind and relax the mind and body, and relieve any anxiety that may have been stirred up throughout the day.

This idea has become so ingrained into our culture, and many different cultures around the world, that it has become a staple of how we picture relaxation—and time off in general.

However, science shows that alcohol is not a good long-term anxiety reliever. Alcohol actually contributes to anxiety.

10 Ways Exercise Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety

10 Ways Exercise Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety 0

 

Research has shown that physical activity can be used as a natural remedy for anxiety and also help protect against getting anxiety by improving your stress resilience. 

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  • 10 ways exercise helps reduce stress and anxiety,
  • anxiety and exercise research, and
  • ways to get more exercise into your daily routine.
Lack of Sleep and Anxiety

Lack of Sleep and Anxiety 0

There’s a chicken and egg relationship between anxiety and sleep deprivation. Both impact the other. It may be difficult to tell which came first, but they create a cycle and downward spiral.

Many people who have experienced anxiety will tell you that their sleep is disturbed by a mind that won’t shut down. Some have trouble falling asleep, some wake up and can’t go back to sleep, some suffer both sleep disturbances.

But it isn’t just that the anxiety makes it more difficult to sleep, the difficulty sleeping also potentially makes anxiety worse.

Recent research suggests that brain chemical and functional changes associated with sleep deprivation create an increase in anxiety.

Is Caffeine Amping up Your Anxiety?

Is Caffeine Amping up Your Anxiety? 0

Caffeine is a stimulant. For many people, eating or drinking caffeine when they are anxious, or have a tendency to get anxious, is like throwing oil on fire. It can make the stress and anxiety much worse, much bigger.

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  • Anxiety-Related Negative Side-Effects of Coffee and Caffeine
  • Sleep, Insomnia, and Coffee or Other Caffeine Sources
  • How Long Do the Effects of Caffeine Last?
  • 15 Caffeine Sources
  • Does Decaf Have Caffeine?
  • 8 Ways to Cut Back on Caffeine
Try is not a 4-letter word: Anti-Anxiety Tip #3

Try is not a 4-letter word: Anti-Anxiety Tip #3 0

I get it that many people say that try is a bad thing—that you shouldn’t say you will try to do something. I hate that advice!

I’ve had many anxiety clients who have had it drilled into them by their parents or others with a mantra of “Don’t say you’ll try!”

I see this anti-trying ideology as illogical and damaging. It destroys self-confidence.

A side effect of the trying-is-bad philosophy is that many people who adopt it are riddled with anxiety that stifles them from trying to achieve, trying new things, trying things that haven’t resulted in declared successes in the past . . .. And if they do try, they are drained by anxiety that accompanies the trying.

Trying is a good thing

How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone 0

Fear getting in the way of you stepping out and reaching your goals?

Learning how to stretch your comfort zone can help.

Fear and anxiety can restrict and constrict your life if they hold you back from doing things outside your comfort zone. This post can help you learn how to stretch your comfort zone and expand your life.

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  • What is a Comfort Zone?
  • The connection between Fear, Anxiety and Your Comfort Zone
  • 5 Fear Truths from Dr. Susan Jeffers
  • Tips for stretching your comfort zone
  • Steps for your own Comfort Zone Challenge