Nerves, worry, fear, anxiety. For most people these emotions are all, unfortunately, part of life. Some people, however, deal with elevated levels of anxiety on a day-to-day basis. And although many people with anxiety have learned ways to manage situations or things that exacerbate the situation, there are also some pretty common things you do everyday that could be making your anxiety worse.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the average age of onset for anxiety disorders is 11 years old in the United States, and nearly 30 percent of American adults will develop an anxiety disorder over the course of their lives. Anxiety disorders hit American women especially hard, as women are 60 percent more likely to experience an anxiety disorder than men, according to figures NIMH gathered.
There are plenty of seemingly mundane, small, completely unrelated things that you do on a regular basis that just might be fueling any sort of anxiety or worry you're experiencing, including if you have a full-blown anxiety disorder. Although managing anxiety can take some work (and what works well for some people might not work or even make things worse for others), eliminating these nine practices from your routine (at least, as best as you can) can help keep your anxiety at bay.