If you aren't dealing with your anxiety in a healthy way, it can lead you down the road of toxic coping mechanisms and other anxious habits. Think along the lines of smoking as a way of dealign with stress, or staying up late because you're too anxious to sleep. Apart from not helping the your anxiety, some of these habits can even make you more prone to inflammation. So it's a good idea to be aware of them and how they may be impacting your health.
Inflammation can happen naturally, but it's not something you want to contribute to. "Inflammation is your body's response to injury," Caryn O'Sullivan, a certified health and nutrition coach, tells Bustle. "It can be acute or short-term in response to an injury or chronic, which is a recurrent or persistent state of inflammation."
And the latter is what you should try to avoid. "Chronic inflammation is what leads to most disease," O'Sullivan says. So apart from treating any underlying anxiety you may be experiencing, you may also want to rethink these nervous habits.
"To replace a bad habit you need to put a good one in its place," O'Sullivan says. So if you normally smoke when you're anxious, you may want to quit and take up walking instead, as a way of handling stress and anxiety in a healthier way. Read on for more nervous habits that can lead to inflammation, according to experts.