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8 Wise Ways to understanding your Anxiety triggers

8 Wise Ways to understanding your Anxiety triggers

Anxiety is a mental health condition that can cause feelings of worry, fear, or tension and for some it can escalate into panic attacks and distressing physical symptoms.

What causes anxiety and anxiety disorders can be complicated because it’s likely to be a combination of factors, such as genetics, environmental reasons, and conditioned mind responses. 

Anxiety triggers can be different for each person, but there are many common triggers among people who experience anxiety and sadly for some people, there seem to be no triggers at all.

For that reason, it’s important to discover any anxiety triggers that you may have. Identifying your triggers is an important step in managing them. 

Here are eight of the most common anxiety triggers:

1. Health issues

A health diagnosis is upsetting or difficult, and ear of developing a health issue can be extremely triggering too. You can help reduce anxiety caused by health issues through boosting your physical wellness; be proactive in all health checks, follow all health guidance provided, live a healthier lifestyle and talking with a therapist may also be useful.

2. Food Choices

Sime foods naturally stimulates us and if we already experience low levels of anxiety these stimulants an increase those symptoms, such as sugar and caffeine. Try replacing caffeine with noncaffeinated options whenever possible.

Another food issue can be not eating enough, balanced eating is crucial for regulating hormones, providing you with sufficient energy levels and important nutrients. Aim for three healthy meals and at last 2 healthy snacks to prevent low blood sugar, feelings of nervousness or agitation, and anxiety. 

3. Negative thinking

Your mind controls much of your body, and that’s certainly true with anxiety. When you’re upset or frustrated, how you talk to yourself can trigger your anxiety cycle. It’s worth learning to reframe negative thinking and internal language into something more positive. Working with a therapist can be incredibly helpful with this process.

4. Financial concerns

Money troubles are one of the most triggering life events that a person can experience. This is why we incorporated financial wellness into our 8Wiseä Wellness Programme to help manage this specific trigger point. Sometimes professional help is needed to manage this trigger, such as from a financial advisor. Feeling you have a companion and a guide in the process may ease your concern.

5. Parties or social events

Events that require you to make small talk or interact with people you don’t know can trigger feelings of anxiety; this is understood as social anxiety.

To help ease your worries or unease, you can always bring along a companion when possible. But it’s also important to work with a professional to find effective coping mechanisms that make these events more manageable in the long term.

6. Conflict

Relationship problems, arguments, disagreements — these conflicts can all trigger or worsen anxiety. We focus on this a lot in the 8Wise Wellness Programme when we talk about social wellness. If conflict particularly triggers you, you may need to learn conflict resolution strategies.  Also, talk with a therapist or other mental health expert to learn how to manage the feelings these conflicts cause.

7. Stress

Everyday life can cause stress and stress can trigger anxiety. Long-term or chronic stress can lead to long-term anxiety and worsening symptoms, as well as other health problems.

Stress can also lead to behaviours like skipping meals, increase sugar ad alcohol intake which are all stimulants and as we have already identified are also common anxiety triggers too. Stress management is crucial for anxiety management, this requires learning coping mechanisms and maybe working with a therapist who can help you learn to recognise your sources of stress and handle them when they become overwhelming or problematic.

8. Personal triggers

These triggers may be difficult to identify, but a mental health specialist is trained to help you identify them. These may begin with a smell, a place, or even a song. Personal triggers remind you, either consciously or unconsciously, of a bad memory or traumatic event in your life. Identifying personal triggers may take time, but it’s important so you can learn to overcome them.

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