Unhealthy lifestyle habits are some of the biggest cause of stress.
What you may not realize, is that some of the habits you do on a regular basis could actually be a huge contributor to your stress levels.
It could be not eating the right foods🍔🍟🍕 to give your body the proper amount of nutrition, drinking too much alcohol🍺🍷🍸or not getting enough sleep.😴
Maybe you drink more cups of coffee☕️ in a day than you should.
Or maybe you stay up late working to find solutions to fix whatever is causing you stress?
The thing is, doing any of these different habits can usually make your stress worse instead of better.
Let’s go into a little bit more details about some common bad habits that could be causing you stress.
The problem with turning to alcohol when you are stressed out is that alcohol is a depressant.
A depressant inhibits the functions of the central nervous system and can cause slow brain functioning, slow breathing, poor concentration and so much more.
Have you ever noticed that you feel happier when you are in a good mood when you drink and feel terrible if you are in a bad mood?
This is because alcohol tends to heighten whichever mood you were in when you were sober.
If you drink alcohol when you’re stressed, you could end up feeling worse.
Along with that, alcohol can impair your judgment and can cause you to make irrational decisions.
For this reason, it’s vital to consume alcohol in moderation.
For example, one glass of red wine🍷 per night can actually be good for your health, but it’s important to avoid overconsuming.
Gotta Get That Caffeine☕️
In moderate amounts, caffeine can actually be good for you as well.
It speeds up your metabolism and gives your body an energy boost.
However, relying on caffeine alone can actually make you feel less energized, tired, and sluggish because your body will begin to get used to the amount of caffeine you drink.
As you begin to reduce the amount of coffee, tea (caffeine) and energy drinks you consume, it is important to reduce it gradually.
You may begin to experience mild to severe caffeine withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, aches and pains, feeling lethargic, and of course stress.
Your sleeping habits are connected to your mental health.
How well you sleep at night has a direct correlation to your stress levels.
If you’re getting enough sleep, you will wake up more rejuvenated and ready to tackle the day.
Having a busy schedule and other things can get in the way of us having a good night’s rest. 😴
In order to make sure that you are reaping as many benefits as possible, you should aim to get around 8 hours of sleep per night.
Waking up early can also have some great health and productivity benefits too.
Again, this is only accomplished if you get a good night’s rest.
Due to this, you should look to go to bed before midnight at the very latest.
I struggle with this a lot. 😩
Clearing your mind before you go to sleep is a vital part of getting some good sleep in too.
How annoying would it be trying to get to sleep when your mind is racing?🙄
Mindful meditation can help you clear out your mind and the perfect time to do this is right before you go to bed!🛏
One of the biggest mistakes many people make today is taking their technology (laptops,💻 iPhone,📱iPad, etc) to bed with them.
When you go to bed with your tech in hand, your mind will begin to associate getting in bed with working, rather than resting.
This affects your ability to fall into a restful sleep.
Not allowing yourself time to relax when getting into bed, can lead to issues such as insomnia or being unrefreshed every morning.☀️
In order to get the best sleep every night, you should make your bedroom a tech-free zone after a certain time.
Before heading off with the Sandman, you can also drink some sleepy time tea that can allow you to relax and float away into dreamland.
You may not think about it, but your social habits can also contribute to your stress levels.
The people you spend the most time with and confide in can either be helpful or harmful.
When you are feeling stressed out, it’s important to surround yourself with people you trust to give you the best support.
It is also super important to know who to go to for that support because the person or people you go to could either help you relieve that stress or increase it.
In addition to this, knowing who is contributing to your stress is vital if you want to manage it.
There are just some people who know exactly which buttons to press that pushes you over the edge.
Sometimes it’s hard to get away from those individuals though.
Perhaps they’re a relative or maybe your boss.
In this case, it’s crucial to understand how these individuals stress you out.
You can even talk to the individual who is causing you stress and explain to them how you feel in a calm manner.
This will not only (hopefully) squash any tension you may have with them, but it could also strengthen your relationship with them too.
To Wrap Things Up…
These were just a few of the situations that can cause stress in your life.
As you can see, stress comes in all different shapes and sizes.
The response to stress may be different as well.
The main thing is, if you know what is causing you stress, you will then be able to better handle it.
Next time, we will be talking about the best lifestyle habits to relieve stress.
To your health,
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