This 1 Thing May Be to Blame for Your Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. 40 million adults are affected by anxiety. Ahead, see which common items — probably this one thing on page 4 —  may be to blame for your anxiety.


Pile of dirty utensils

This is very impactful over time. | Keladawy/iStock/Getty Images

There’s a link between women who own homes with lots of stuff and high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, according to researchers at UCLA’s, Center on Everyday Lives of Families. This means piles of mail, dirty dishes in the sink, and clothes on bedroom floors contribute to stress. Declutter your home with this plan.

Hint: Turn this household item off.


Stress with TV

This can be a source of stress. | AndreyPopov/iStock/Getty Images

You may have a habit of turning your TV on for background noise in your home. Turns out, the noise pollution from your TV can be a source of stress. “This overall noise level can actually be a threat to concentration and a cause of stress,” according to Verywellmind. Turn off your TV and enjoy a quieter home for a more peaceful mind.

Hint: What you eat may be causing you to be anxious.

Junk food

Junk Food

What you put in your body really impacts your mental health. | Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Combat this by drinking tea. Junk foods are often laden with processed sugar. “The brief spike, followed by a crash (after insulin moves in to clear the sugar from your blood), can trigger mood swings, headaches, and irritability,” according to Shape. Avoid junk food and eat fruits and vegetables.

Hint: One electronic could be causing you serious anxiety.

Your smartphone

Man using smartphone

You may want to limit your phone time. |

“The more people use their phone,” Dr. Nancy Cheever, lead researcher on the relationship between cellphone use and anxiety at California State University, Dominguez Hills, told ABC News, “the more anxious they are about using their phone.” A drastic way to decrease the amount of time spent on a smartphone is to switch to a flip phone — if only for a short while — to break the constant information overload we get from smartphones.

Hint: Do this immediately upon waking up to reduce anxiety.

An unmade bed

Messy Bed

This really gets to some people. | Shironosov/iStock/Getty Images

Wake up in the morning and make your bed. Coming home at night seeing a welcoming bed will be a better sight than wrinkled sheets and a mess of pillows. The idea is to create a calming, inviting space you’ll want to sleep in, instead of thinking to yourself, “I need to clean the bedroom,” before going to bed.

Hint: Keep your financial worries in check by getting organized.

Disorganized files


How could this not stress you out? | AG-ChapelHill/iStock/Getty Images

75 percent of Americans say finances cause them ample stress, according to the APA. Keep your bills organized, whether bills are paid online or by mail. Maintain a spreadsheet or some sort of checklist of all your bills. Even tossing all your bills in a file folder will help keep your mind at ease.

Hint: A cup of coffee to jumpstart your day may be worsening your anxiety.  


Many different cups of coffee

You may love your morning coffee, but is it good for you? | Efetova/iStock/Getty Images

Caffeine-induced anxiety disorder exists, according to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. So, think twice before pouring yourself an extra large cup of coffee. Too much caffeine can cause sweaty palms, an increased heart rate, and other symptoms of anxiety, according to Today.

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