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The Lifestyle that Correlates with Higher Anxiety

Concept for businesswoman isolated on whiteWhile you might be working or relaxing after a long day of sitting, this increase in the sedentary lifestyle is starting to cause quite the uproar among mental health researchers.

As humans, it’s our natural drive to want to move all the time, if only because our ancestors were always on the go. Access to chairs, beds and sofas is an opportunity to give in to sheer laziness more often than not. As it turns out, it’s this lack of determination to stay active that may be slowly killing our mental health.

Dr. Megan Teychenne recently led a study to determine if there actually was a link between the increase in anxiety and a sedentary lifestyle. After comparing collected evidence on the topic, she found a clear line between the two. This only adds to the growing collection of evidence that lack of movement basically destroys us. Already it is a fact that low activity levels lead to worse physical health, so it only makes sense that it is also related to psychological well-being.

Dr. Teychenne plans on using the research to help those suffering from anxiety. The more factors she knows are linked to it, the better strategies she’ll have to better aid and prevent it. Even so, further evidence will need to be gathered to cement this promising lead.

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The Lifestyle that Correlates with Higher Anxiety

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.

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Bundrant, M. (2015). The Lifestyle that Correlates with Higher Anxiety. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 2, 2020, from


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