An Unhealthy Lifestyle Can Contribute To Anxiety, Depression And Fatigue
If you suffer from anxiety, depression is sure to follow. This is because when you suffer from anxiety, you are on high alert all of the time and begin to worry incessantly about things that will probably never happen. When you constantly worry, your body goes through physiological changes that can make you tired and irritable.
The constant state of worry associated with anxiety can zap your zest for life and make you afraid to leave your house. The good news is most of the things you’re anxious about will never come to pass. This can be hard to grasp but if you simply look at all of the things that you’ve excessively worried about over the years and look at how many of them actually happened, you’ll realize that the time you spent worrying was time wasted.
Just watching the news each night makes you want to arm yourself with a bazooka and close all of the blinds. You have to consider the sensationalism of the press and just how much of the negative news really affects you. Most of it is done in such a way to grab the viewer’s attention when there really is nothing to worry about. The key to reducing anxiety is to reprogram your brain to analyze the likelihood of what you’re worried about. Some recommend setting aside 15 minutes a day to worry and then to let go of what ever is bothering you until the next day. Although this seems a bit simplistic, it has worked for many people.
When there are prolonged periods of fatigue and physical discomfort. It begins to affect your emotional health in a negative way. You begin to lose interest in activities you previously enjoyed and you often would rather stay in bed and sleep. As hard as it is to do, to break the cycle you need to force yourself to get out and be active. Physical activity is one of the best ways to stave off anxiety, depression and other physical ailments that could be contributing to your blue mood. Admittedly it’s not always easy to get started, but once you do, you’ll start feeling much better.
You also need to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is at the core of a lot of mood disorders. Many studies show the direct correlation between getting adequate sleep and overall mood and performance. Without enough sleep you’re going to feel tired and run down. If you don’t take care of yourself physically, you begin to feel the emotional affects.
Whether you’re having trouble with anxiety, depression or OCD, you need to eat a balanced diet. I know it’s difficult when those around you can eat whatever they want without ill effect, but if you want to start feeling better you need to make sure that you’re taking in the adequate amount of nutrition to nourish your body. Many deficiencies can contribute to both anxiety and depression and the best plan of attack is to eat a balanced diet.