The Absolute Worst Things To Do When You’re Stressed Out
When life comes at you fast and furious, the last thing you want to do is make things even harder on yourself. Start by avoiding these 8 traps:
Mistake #5: Ordering the Perfect Margarita
You knew this one, but science confirms: You can’t drown your sorrows—or your stresses. When study volunteers at the University of Chicago were given the equivalent of two shots right after a stressful public-speaking task
, they felt more
frazzled for longer
(more than an hour) than their equally stressed but non-inebriated peers. While alcohol blocks production of cortisol, the body’s stress response, it prolongs anxiety by suspending the body’s natural coping mechanisms. Another downer: Alcohol hinders absorption of B-complex vitamins and zinc, which help us feel calmer and more balanced. And need we mention that a hangover doesn’t help?
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.