Most people get worried when they think about the future. Psychologists say that this is natural and completely normal until anxiety begins to negatively affect your life.
Anxiety is an unpleasant emotion that can have extremely negative consequences. Experiencing anxiety, a person subconsciously feels that he/she is in danger. Psychological studies have established that anxiety affects the sense of smell and balance, changes our perception of the people’s faces and the feeling of our own location in space. There are a number of everyday things that can increase anxiety which you may not know about.
1. Food You Eat
Food plays an important role in mental health and your nutrition may unknowingly cause anxiety. An unbalanced diet is often a factor that contributes to anxiety. A diet low in carbohydrates can lead to serotonin deficiency. As you know, a low serotonin level is associated with a bad mood and depressive manifestations.
2. Time Spent Indoors
If you rarely go outside, you may feel more anxious than usual. Our culture is becoming more and more closed and this is a big problem. We leave the house, get into the car, come to the office, and then we get into the car again. Without exposure to sunlight, we are increasingly faced with a deficiency of vitamin D. This deficiency can be a contributing factor to anxiety. In addition, walks increase serotonin levels.
Since alcohol is a depressant that affects several neurotransmitters in our brain, people who are prone to anxiety may feel more anxious after drinking alcohol. Experts add that unexplained anxiety may persist for several days after alcohol consumption. And this is called a hangover depression.
4. Lack of Sleep
The habit of going to bed late when you need to get up early can be accompanied not only by drowsiness. Sleep is an important part of our life and is necessary for our overall health. This is the moment when the body recovers. Lack of sleep always triggers stress for the body and brain which can result in anxiety symptoms. Experts add that regular lack of sleep can also lead to cognitive distortion and impaired concentration.
5. Anxious People
Mood and obesity are contagious and the same applies to anxiety. We are talking about family members, friends or co-workers. The more time you spend next to an anxious person, the more anxious you become. It doesn’t mean that you should stop communicating with such people, since in some cases this may be impossible. Experts recommend to reduce the amount of time you spend together with these people or to try to distract an anxious person from a troubled topic with something exciting and positive.
6. Thyroid Disorders
Hormones regulate the nervous system, that’s why our mood directly depends on the thyroid function. Symptoms of thyroid disorders may include emotional irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, or aggressive behavior.
Many patients try to ignore the bad mood and continue to lead an active lifestyle. But if the problem is not solved, it can lead to personality and mental disorders.
Sometimes it’s not easy to notice changes in yourself. Often they are attributed to fatigue after work, everyday stress and life’s difficulties. If your mood spoils for no apparent reason and stays bad for several days, this is a good reason to consult a therapist.