I came across a pretty insightful article, courtesy of @therapynews on twitter. It reviews a study about stressing about stress. It’s funny, because I found myself relating to quite a bit of it. When we learn that we have become anxious due to stressful thinking patterns and stressful behaviors, then we relate to the habits mentioned, we start paying attention to those, and start worrying and stressing about what is making us stressed out.
When I first started counseling at Anxiety Centre, The therapist recommended getting 8-10 hours of sleep because it is crucial way to lower the stress. He also stressed eating every 3 hours, because not eating for an extended period of time can stress the body. Well, I wanted to lower my stress and follow the steps perfectly, so I followed this advice to the tee. The problem that soon arose was I develop OCD towards eating every 3 hours and sleeping early. If something came up, and I wasn’t able to sleep early, I would start stressing out because I wasn’t getting enough sleep. I would get frustrated at whoever and whatever was keeping me awake. Then the cycle of insomnia set in, where I would get to bed at a decent time, but because I was stressing too much about going to sleep early, I couldn’t even fall asleep. Then that would frustrate me even more. Thus, the cycle continued.
Anyways, it makes total sense that people who are concerned about their stress are more stressed out!
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