Knowing your anxiety triggers may help calm you

May 30, 2019

 

 

 

Signs of anxiety are different for everyone. Some people may experience restlessness, tingling, irritability, tight muscles, insomnia, or digestive issues. People may also start to sweat, tremble, feel an increase in heart rate, or feel a closing of the throat. 

 

A combination of factors, such as personal history, current circumstances, and genes all can make you more or less vulnerable to anxiety. Once anxiety becomes overwhelming, it can negatively impact your relationships, work, and hobbies.

 

Once you know your anxiety triggers, you will be able to catch anxiety more quickly and calm yourself.

 

Some common anxiety triggers include:

 

1. HEALTH

Some people cope with their anxiety by avoiding doctors and tests, as seeing unnerving symptoms results in ignoring. Other people may see a possible symptom and become fixated, staying up for hours researching online what could be wrong with them and waiting anxiously for their next doctor's appointment. Neither of these scenarios are the best option for helping calm your anxiety. 

 

It is important to be gentle with yourself when you do not feel well while also keeping your life going if you tend to retreat and stay home whenever something is slightly off. 

 

2. PRESCRIPTIONS

Prescriptions such as birth control pills and cough and congestion medications may create sensations that become anxiety triggers. Reach out to your doctor if you think anything you are taking is making you anxious.

 

3. CAFFEINE

Drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee, may help you feel alert but may become an anxiety trigger if you are especially prone to panic or social anxiety.

 

4. SKIPPING MEALS

If your blood sugar drops, you may feel increasingly agitated. Even if you cannot sit down to eat every meal, remembering to eat healthy snacks like nuts will be helpful.

 

5. FINANCES

Bills, taxes, and income losses may cause anxiety. Some people do not feel on top of their finances because they put off paying their taxes or bills. Anxiety can be increased if you unexpectedly lose your job or an important client, or if you have not received a response to a work phone call or email. Every situation is different and your intuition may be right so it is important to think about how you will handle the situation instead of constantly checking your email. It may be helpful to confide in someone who is confident about money but also respects your concern.

 

6. PARTIES OR SOCIAL EVENTS

A room full of people, especially strangers, can be very anxiety provoking for many people. However, staying at home alone all the time may not be good for your mental health. Bring a companion or prepare yourself with conversation starters. 

 

7. CONFLICT

If you feel sick to your stomach with any disagreement you have with someone, you may need to talk to a therapist. This may mean you have learned to overreact because of conflict in your home as a child.

 

8. STRESS

Stress can be caused by unresolved problems such as living with a chronically sick parent or spouse or working with a difficult boss. Monitor yourself closely if you are experiencing these types of problems. Common reactions to stress may include overeating or eating badly, drinking alcohol, or staying up late. Over time, these reactions will lead to more anxiety.

 

9. PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

Stage fright happens to even successful performers. People often become afraid of their own physical reaction. Instead, think of the queasy stomach as a healthy sign of excitement! Stage fright does not have to stop you from doing something you enjoy.

 

10. PERSONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Associations such as a smell, taste, or sound can become an anxiety trigger for you if it reminds you of a bad memory. Speaking with a therapist about strange reactions you cannot explain may be beneficial. 

 

Overall, remember to be gentle and honest with yourself. If anxiety has become a part of your day-to-day life, giving yourself a break and finding new strategies and helpers will lead you to a happier life.

 

 

Original article written by Temma Ehrenfeld

 

 

 

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