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4 Nighttime Habits That Are Secretly Making Your Anxiety Worse

4 Nighttime Habits That Are Secretly Making Your Anxiety Worse

Here's what to avoid so you can rest and relax and have

Doomsrolling

Doomscrolling – also known as “Doomsurfing” – is when you spend an inordinate amount of time looking for negative content on social media. You may feel like it will be helpful at first, but you will end up feeling anxious afterwards.

Skipping relaxation techniques

Don't underestimate the power of preparing your brain for rest. According to Nekeshia Hammond, a psychologist, skipping relaxation techniques can increase anxiety during the evening and night hours. Sometimes, a simple meditation or deep breathing exercise is all you need to ease your anxious thoughts and pave the way for a more restful sleep.

Dwelling on past or future problems


If you reflect on past issues or stress about tomorrow before bed, you are not alone. However, this mental exercise can actually reinforce the cycle of anxiety.

Checking work emails and messages

When you check your work email before bed, you are re-engaging with your work responsibilities. And this can increase anxiety levels.