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  • Writer's pictureEbony Millard

3 Quick and dirty tips to help you help yourself with Anxiety.

Tip number one: reduce your alcohol consumption. There I said it and I’m not going to unsay it! No body likes to hear this, but it’s a cold hard fact. Alcohol affects neurotransmitters in the brain, which can worsen anxiety. Often people feel more anxious after the alcohol wears off which is known as Alcohol-induced anxiety or what I like to refer to as Hangxiety! This can last for several hours, or even days after drinking. When you experience anxiety you are far more likely to use alcohol to cope in social settings, which can be dangerous as it can lead to drinking too much and doing and saying things you wouldn’t normally. The next day your hangxiety is back bigger and better than ever and the cycle continues…

Tip number two: Reduce your caffeine. I know we all love our coffee so don’t at me ok! But the thing is if you’re drinking loads of coffee or worse still *shudder* energy drinks, you are not doing yourself any favours. Caffeine can trigger a bunch of physiological and psychological reactions, including increased respiration, blood pressure, and muscle tension. You’re basically switching on your fight or flight response which is confusing for your brain because there is no actual danger, but your body is telling it there is! Another big problem with too much caffeine is the way it affects your sleep, which brings me to…

Tip number three: get some quality sleep! I can’t stress enough how important sleep is for your mental health and overall wellbeing. Caffeine and yes alcohol too (it may help you fall asleep but it’s not quality sleep) have a huge impact on your ability to get good quality sleep. There are loads of resources out there that can help you get better sleep. Google it, get an app, drink some sleepy time tea, buy a better pillow, open the window in your bedroom, stop using screens at least and hour or two before bed and do some wind down stretches. These are all ideas just off the top of my head but I recommend you do some research and find what will work best for you.

So there you have it, three quick and dirty (because no one wants to hear them) tips on how you can help yourself with your anxiety. I guarantee by making a few small changes you will notice a big difference.

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