Everyday Habits That Increase Stress

Everyday Habits That Increase Stress


Waking up Late

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You woke up late, now you’re rushing around like a crazy person trying to get your things together to run out the door. This is obviously not the best way to start your morning. Try setting you alarm clock for a little bit earlier, this way, you can approach your day with a calm and relaxed mindset.

Lying Around On the Couch

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Lying around on the couch all day is sure to increase your stress. First, you may call it relaxing, but, what you’re really doing is putting a strain on your body mentally and physically. Lying on the couch can cause serious back problems along with weight gain. Who wouldn’t be stressed if they started getting back pains and putting on weight?

Over Working Yourself

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Working too much is sure to drive anyone crazy! Over working can definitely be associated with increased levels of stress. You need to make sure you set aside time for yourself outside of your office.  Treat yourself to something nice, take a day to relax or spend quality time with the people you love.


Smokers may believe smoking helps them relieve their stress, but why are they stressed out to begin with? Maybe because they have an addiction and need the cigarette to calm them down. Now, they may live stressful lives, however smoking will only make it worse. Causing them more problems in the long run.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

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I know it’s hard when you’re stressed out to rest your mind and body. But, it’s extremely important that you try. When you wake up after depriving yourself of sleep you are most likely going to feel grouchy, lazy and annoyed. Getting enough sleep can be a huge help in easing your daily stresses and frustrations.

Eating Sweets

If you are feeling stressed stay far away from sugar! According to DailyMail.com, “'Refined sugar and processed foods release sugar into the body too quickly,' says James Duigan, A-List personal trainer and author of the Clean And Lean low-sugar diet. ‘This increases the amount of insulin, which convinces our bodies to store fat rather than burn it, and alters our blood sugar levels. Can cause mood swings: Refined sugar and processed foods release sugar into the body too quickly 'The more uneven our blood sugar levels; the more uneven our moods - we get hungry, angry, depressed and upset and can't think clearly. Eating something high in sugar turns this back again - temporarily. But this soon gives way to a crash, when we feel panicky and wired. 'The more your blood sugar levels fluctuate, the more likely you are to react badly to life's stresses. And your reliance upon sugar becomes a trap.'”



Talking about your problems is supposed to be helpful and in most cases it is. However, it can also be detrimental to the recovery of your issues. You see, the more you talk about the things that are stressing you out the more your bringing them to light. You are essentially holding on to them and making it more difficult for yourself to let them go.

Commute to Work

Do you commute to work? Do you deal with traffic and clusters of people daily? Whether you commute by car, bus or train commuting is always stressful. Unfortunately, you can’t avoid your commute; you just have to learn healthy ways to cope with it. Try to learn different breathing exercises, and use meditation as a form of relaxation when you start to feel the stressors getting to you.

Personal Issues

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Personal issues are stressors that are sometimes completely out of your control. Some of these may be death, divorce, financial issues, moving etc. Coping with personal stress seems difficult, however, with techniques such as meditation you may be able to minimalize the effect your issues are having on you.

Your Attitude

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Are you constantly worrying, talking negative to yourself, or setting unrealistic goals to achieve? This is bringing unnecessary stress into your life. Tell yourself, everything will be okay and set goals that are achievable. Once you change your attitude and put a positive spin on situations in your life, you will feel your stress level go down.

Relationship Conflicts

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Relationships are huge stressors in our lives. Between family, friends, boyfriends and girlfriends our stress levels are tested. How do you minimize relationship stress? Have a positive attitude, don’t make assumptions, acknowledge, respect and encourage each other.

Signs That You May Be Experiencing Stress

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  • Headache
  • upset stomach
  • lack of sleep
  • fatigue
  • poor judgment
  • constant worrying
  • moodiness
  • isolating yourself from other people


Signs of Long Term Stress

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