For people suffering from anxiety, a good night's sleep is a thing of great rarity. It's a frustrating feeling to lie wide awake in bed, ruminating over a past incident or fretting that someone might break into your house and murder you. Although there is NEVER a good time for an anxiety attack, sufferers may agree that night times are the worst. Chances are slim that you'd be able to completely rid yourself of those niggling thoughts in your head. However, there are ways to reduce their intensity. Here are some things you should never do if you have anxiety.
Chat with friends: We are excited to talk to our friends at the end of the day. But the truth is that excitement and anxiety are closely related and even positive feelings can cause a fluttering feeling inside your heart. Bantering with your friend, joking and jousting etc. can be exciting. But can worsen your anxiety.
Watch an exciting movie or read an exciting book: The point is to dull your mind down at bedtime not rouse it up. So avoid watching or reading anything that stimulates your mind. It will keep your head buzzing well into the morning hours.
Using Facebook, Instagram or Twitter: Social media fuels FOMO or the fear of missing out is a legitimate phenomenon, which makes people anxious about missing out on something exciting that is happening somewhere. Plus seeing your friend enjoy a Parisian holiday will make you think about your own less-than-happening life.
Drink coffee, tea or anything with caffeine: Wondering why you can't get a decent shut eye till 3 am? Perhaps the answer lies in the big cup of coffee you had with your friend at 7pm. If you are prone to anxiety, having anything with caffeine worsens it. So steer clear from any caffeinated beverage in the later half or the day or right before bedtime.
Try too hard to fall asleep: Counting sheep to fall asleep? Don't try too hard. More tiring than insomnia is trying hard to fall asleep and panicking when you can't. In case you can't get any shut eye, listen to some soothing music or white noise instead of forcing yourself to drift into sleep.