Do you feel frustrated that despite having a reasonably heathy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise and a good sleep routine, you still suffer from moodiness, anxiety or depression? Here are 8 innocent habits which might be contributing and once addressed might give you some surprising relief.
1. Too Much Caffeine - Too much coffee can leave you in a state of hyper arousal and feeling the side effects of caffeine such as jitteriness and anxiety after a cup of coffee.
2. Technology Overwhelm - Spending too much time on a device has been linked to insomnia, social isolation, anxiety, and depression. Take breaks and engage with the physical word.
3. An External Locus of Control - Switching to an internal locus of control is the belief that we can influence and take control of our lives and ultimately how things turn out.
4. Rumination - Dwelling on difficult problems aggravates symptoms of depression and anxiety. Try to take a mental step back and view the situation more objectively and with compassion.
5. Simple Carbohydrates - Avoid eating too many simple carbs and go for complex carbs instead like sweet potatoes, brown rice, yams, oatmeal and whole wheat bread.
6. Lack of Community - Research has proven that having social support, especially when going through a difficult time in one’s life can build a strong resilience to stress.
7. Vitamins - Omega-3s and vitamin D are vital for optimal brain health and mental performance. Omega-3 fats are the building block of brain tissue and an omega-3 deficiency can leave the brain vulnerable to depression.
8. Sunlight Deficiency - Sunlight is a natural mood booster and trigger’s the brain’s production of serotonin. Just thirty minutes of sunlight each day can help curb the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and depression.