Most of us experience feelings of anxiety or panic at some point in our lives. Statistically, the condition severely affects nearly 16 percent people at least once in their lifetime.
Unfortunately, most people are not aware of how they can manage their anxiety which causes them damages on both personal and professional level.
No matter if your anxiety triggers by specific occurrences like work-related stress or arises from trivial things in daily life, it can effectively be managed by making healthy choices.
If you experience bouts of anxiety, here are 5 things you essentially need to avoid so as to prevent the deterioration of your emotional and mental health.
1. Validating Your Fears
People often try to validate their thoughts, especially when they are negative ones. For example, those who are afraid of spiders are more likely to read stories about how it can kill people or those with a fear of car accidents may look up death rates for the same. Trying to convince yourself that your fear is rational can actually make it worse and even harder to cure.
2. Encouraging Negative Reinforcement
Negative reinforcement occurs when a specific behaviour gets ingrained in your mind by avoiding a negative outcome or aversive stimulus. For example, if you have a fear of cats and you avoid a cat every time you see one, it can make your mind believe that the anxiety can be avoided by keeping away from the stimulus. Once the phenomenon gets registered in your brain, it may reinforce the idea that a cat is something you need to fear and the anxiety can be avoided by evading it altogether.
Experts believe that anxiety can be reduced if you face your fears rather than avoiding them. This may seem hard, but letting yourself in the anxiety-triggering situation can have a positive effect on your condition.
3. Spending Time with Negative People
Human beings have the tendency to replicate others’ behaviour. Spending time with people that bring negativity, stress, or tension into your life can adversely affect your emotional and psychological health, especially when you need to be stress-free. When anxious, try to surround yourself with people who bring positive energy and rejuvenate your mind.
4. Avoiding Sleep
Sleeping with anxiety can be difficult. But, some people with anxiety avoid sleep on purpose which is a big mistake. Sleep evasion can make it harder for you to control anxiety and even worsen your symptoms, leading to more physical and mental health issues.
5. Unhealthy Coping Behaviour
Some people try to evade their anxiety through unhealthy coping behaviours, such as drugs, drinking, and gambling. While these tactics may distract your mind from anxiety temporarily, they can eventually make you lose your ability to cope with stress without drugs or drink, thus worsening the problem.
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