10 Unhealthy Ways of Dealing with Anxiety and Stress

In today’s fast-paced world, there are many aspects of life that cause stress or anxiety from time to time. Sometimes, we indulge in unhealthy ways of dealing with anxiety and stress. It’ is something that many people suffer from, and unfortunately, most don’t know how to deal with it. This results in reduced performance at work or school, strained relationships, poor quality sleep and even deteriorating health.     It is not something to shy away from. The only thing that you should do is seek help – from friends or from some professional, but do talk to someone about it.

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But there are few things which you should avoid doing – and trust me, I know it is not deliberate even if you do these things – but a conscious effort for your own health is something that you can always put in.   I write this because I probably have done everything and I have achieved nothing but become poorer by health, money and friends. The only thing that helps, in the end, is acceptance and reaching out to people.

Overindulging In Alcohol

For most people, alcohol always helps to make the pain, stress or anxiety go away. What they refuse to realize, however, drinking to cope with anxiety and stress only happens to postpone it. Drowning worries in alcohol don’t solve anything. It might even escalate the issue due to the regrettable decisions you might make when intoxicated.

Unhealthy Ways of Dealing with Anxiety and Stress: Smoking

Smoking has been termed as a stress reliever by some critics, but the amount of damage that it does to your internal organs is horrible and not worth it. It has adverse effects on your lungs, as it severely increases the chances of getting lung cancer. On top of all that, once it becomes a habit, it is very difficult to quit.


Keeping to yourself when anxious or stressed out only means you’re creating more time to focus on the wrong issues. This is because you’re more likely to drown in self-doubt and self-pity when you’re by yourself and not doing much. Instead, try and make sure that you’re involved in some form of activity, and not just staying in bed all day and night. This might even lead to depression.

Impulse spending

While getting new stuff might come with that initial high, it’ll only be a matter of time before you’re back to feeling anxious or stressed out. This might end up hurting a lot in the future. Also spending compulsively might get one into financial issues, adding one more entry on the list of things to be stressed about.

Screwing up your eating habits

Comfort foods might seem like harmless treats that are sure to make you feel better, but the truth is you’re going to regret eating all that food after realizing how bad you look after gaining weight! No kidding, but these foods characteristically taste good due to their high amounts of sugar, and they also come bundled with a high-calorie count or high-fat content. On the other end, under-eating can cause serious fatigue and concentration problems, so it’s always good to maintain a balanced diet.

Unhealthy Ways of Dealing with Anxiety and Stress: Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs are known to provide some level of relief, but they don’t really get to the root cause of the issue. Sure, you could go for sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and the equivalent, but this is only a temporary solution to a more deeply seated problem. On the other hand, if you overindulge on these drugs, you stand a risk of developing some other serious health-related issues.

Consuming Too Much Caffeine

With caffeine being a normal part of most people’s morning routine, there might be the temptation to overindulge so as to sustain a high level of alertness and ability to focus. This is also one form of a temporary solution since all it does is postpone your stress and anxiety. Consuming too much coffee might end up disrupting one’s sleeping cycle, leading to lower productivity levels.


Another way that stressed-out people use to run away from their problems is overworking. The issue with this is too much work without sufficient rest leads to a decrease in the quality of work done. This later causes problems with your employer, leading to a more hostile working environment. All this does is increase your stress levels, since you start worrying about how much longer you’ll get to keep your job.

Unhealthy Ways of Dealing with Anxiety and Stress: Being Negative

Dwelling on the worst-case scenario only makes it more difficult to remain calm since all energy is directed to all the bad things that can happen. This adds to the levels of stress and anxiety that a person may already be experiencing. Surrounding yourself with positive people can help lift your spirits, and even deal with whatever issues you’re having.

Ignoring the Issue

Pretending that a problem does not exist where it does is the single worst way to go about dealing with stress and anxiety. What will happen is that the issue will only become harder to overcome and result in habits that you would be much better off without.

This article is written with the help of Patrick Bailey. Patrick is a professional writer mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, and living in recovery. He attempts to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoys writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them. You can reach out to him by the following means:

Email ID: baileypatrick780@gmail.com
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  1. Your post in on point. People try to deal with anxiety and stress byt either blocking it out or trying to escape. Taking things head-on and working on resolving it is the only solution.

  2. I’m so glad you have a section catered to mental health. Mental Health is a topic that’s often overlooked because no one wants to talk about it. But I’ll admit, I’ve caught myself doing a few of these unhealthy habits. One of the biggest ones being IMPULSE SPENDING

    1. Thank you so much. I know now that mental health is very important. It is very important for everyone to realize that mental health needs attention too. As for the unhealthy habits, as soon as you get to know you are using any of them to escape, you should reach out to someone 🙂

  3. Great post and reminder. I've been dealing with a little bit of depression/self doubt recently and wanting to isolate myself from everything and everyone. A-Z has kept me in the game commenting and my husband has done a great job of pushing me to do family things, etc… I think your list is right on target. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    1. Thank you so much for your motivating words. I am glad you have a supporting husband to get you out of situations. Cheers 🙂

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