These 20 Habits Are Making Your Anxiety Worse

Mental health can be hard to control, and it's a looming problem for many of us. There are a myriad of different types and levels of anxiety — some of which can even be debilitating to your daily life. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and millions more experience undiagnosed anxiety every day.

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While the causes of anxiety are largely outside of our control (which you likely know if you do live with an anxiety disorder), there are habits that can amplify or worsen symptoms. A simple episode of light tension can escalate into a full-blown and debilitating experience once you introduce outside factors that can make the anxiety feel worse.

Without even knowing it, you could be making the experience worse on yourself, simply by eating a certain food or living with a certain habit. It's wise to avoid these 20 things if you're someone living with anxiety — they're not worth the risk.