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These Bad Habits Are Making Your Anxiety Even Worse

You can worsen your anxiety symptoms unknowingly just by going about your day as normal. Simple things like drinking too much coffee, stress-eating, and even procrastinating can intensify your temptation to crawl under your desk and curl up into a ball. Since no one should go through life with that much anxiety, it’s time to learn more about the most common bad habits that will intensify it, and how you can form better habits to feel less anxious.

1. Skipping meals

Reduce anxiety symptoms by eating regular meals and snacks.

Reduce anxiety symptoms by eating regular meals and snacks. Food is fuel and keeps anxiety away. | iStock.com/karandaev

Whether you do it on purpose or unintentionally, for some, skipping meals can have a major impact on their feelings of anxiety. When you don’t eat, your body starts to run low on glucose, which it uses for fuel. This results in a drop in blood sugar. And Mayo Clinic points out anxiety itself is a symptom of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. To further complicate things, symptoms of hypoglycemia also mimic common anxiety symptoms, such as heart palpitations, irritability, and shaking.

If you’re not up for a full breakfast in the morning, at least try to eat something small, like an egg or a piece of fruit. It’ll give your body the energy it needs and to keep your blood sugar from dropping.

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