Increased Anxiety Levels – Smoking & Drinking Alcohol
Regardless of the health risks posed by smoking and drinking alcohol, millions of people around the world consume both drugs on a daily basis with very little considering about the effects they can have on anxiety levels.
While many people will reach for a cigarette to calm them in a stressful situation or have a glass or two of wine after work, the fact is that these two drugs can wreak havoc on your anxiety and stress levels.
Smoking can lead to a calming effect but it is important to remember that this effect is very short lived while the drug (nicotine) is passing through your system. In fact, the anxiety will return and in many cases at a higher level. This is why it can be a vicious cycle for a smoke to be constantly reaching for a cigarette during stressful times and worrying situations.
The same can be said about alcohol, while it can produce a temporary relief for anxiety levels it often leads to an overall increase in anxiety levels.
Many people with generalised anxiety disorders often self-medicate themselves with substances, nicotine and alcohol are often the two that are reached for and in most cases go hand in hand.
It is important to keep your finger on the pulse and look at the reasons you are reaching for these substances. Both can be very difficult to give up and while most people understand the physical effects and toll to their health that both drugs can have many are completely unaware about the anxiety and increased stress and fear that they can produce.
There are many options and help out there to quit smoking and alcohol if you are looking to stop these two extremely harmful addictions. If you are looking to improve your mood and mindset and eliminate and destroy the anxiety beast you can’t overlook giving up on these two dangerous drugs.
Next time you reach for a cigarette or a glass of alcohol just remember that the anxiety relief will be short lived and chances are you are simply aiding in your anxiety levels to continue to increase in time.
Meditation and exercise can be a great way to rid yourself from anxiety during the quitting process.
Getting rid of anxiety and panic attacks can lead to such a dramatic increase in quality of life that words are often not strong enough to express the complete transformation it can have on ones life.
If you are looking to turn things around and get a hold of your life and finally feel as if you are in complete control then you must approach it with an open mind. You need to be aware that there will be a great upheaval initially but this will subside leading to a better frame of mind, a much better outlook on life and allow you to tackle stress and worries with a clear mindset.
Always remember you are strong enough to overcome any obstacle no matter what you decide. Never allow yourself to reinforce the idea in your mind that you are not strong to succeed!
To learn more about treatment for drugs and alcohol, please visit: http://www.hhs.gov