These times we live in come with spiking concerns on health and wellbeing, anxiety being among the top of these concerns. It is common for many – us included – to wake up sometimes feeling weary, drained, and preoccupied. While you may not have paused to find the reasons for such feelings, the answer is stress and anxiety. Generally, experiencing anxiety occasionally is normal, but when it becomes excessive, this should be an indicator that actions need to be taken.
Anxiety occurs as a result of a major unfortunate event, or a pile up of small stressful situations that are not dealt with properly. It can cause constant fear and worry about day-to-day normal situations. Digging deeper into the causes of anxiety, they are in fact a combination of several factors that can vary between genetics and outside environmental stressors.
Here are common anxiety triggers:
Workload and stress
Dealing with unprecedented situations or fear of the unknown
A drastic change of events or situations
Perfectionism and over-control
Public events or big social gatherings
Lack of self-esteem and poor self-assessment
When facing one or more of these triggers, we begin to suffer from sleep disorders, irritability, fatigue, constant worry, etc., and these are all early signs of anxiety. Identifying the triggers enable you to find solutions that will help you cope with or avoid them. If avoiding the triggers isn’t applicable in a particular situation, these methods will help ease your anxiety.
Keep a journal. A journal is your secret keeper, and no one has access to it. This allows you to express freely and be honest with yourself. Expressing your fears and worries helps you get in touch with yourself on a deeper level and understand yourself more. Go through your journal from time to time to observe how you feel in certain situations and how you react. This will help you learn how to respond better.
Exercise. Exercising has miraculous benefits that contribute to feeling better. It can help you feel calmer and stay focused on the present instead of drifting with negative thoughts.
Professional help. In some cases, identifying anxiety triggers on your own can be a bit challenging. A therapist or life coach will put you on the right track and help you understand what you are going through in order to overcome your struggles.
Have some quality me-time. It is healthy and necessary to spend some time on your own on a regular basis. It helps you disconnect and recharge to carry on with life lighter and more relaxed. Whether with a book, a walk in the fresh air, or shopping, taking some time for yourself and for the things you love is a sure way to bring rays of sunshine into your heart.