These Triggers Might Be Causing You Anxiety

These days, it’s easy to understand why you might be feeling some anxiety. Things in the world feel unsettled, and when that happens, it’s easy to feel like your life is unsettled as well. Normal worrying isn’t something to be concerned about, but if your mind is racing with negative thoughts every day, you feel like your heart is pounding all the time, and your stomach is in knots, you may have an undiagnosed anxiety disorder that needs to be treated.

We’ve assembled a list of factors that may be triggering your anxiety that you may not have even realized are impacting your life. The more you know about anxiety and the way your body responds to it, the more effective you’ll be at calming yourself down.

1. Caffeine

So many people rely on a cup of coffee or tea every morning because caffeine is a very effective stimulant. Caffeine wakes us up by blocking the neurotransmitter adenosine, which is what passes the signal to our brain that we’re tired and need to go to bed. It banishes the cobwebs in our brains that linger from sleep, and prepares us to face the day.

However, this stimulation that works so effectively on some people can make others feel extremely anxious. Many people who have anxiety disorders are extremely sensitive to caffeine, and often choose to avoid it.

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2. Dehydration

It seems unbelievable, but right now we’re in an age where drinks are available everywhere, but more than 50 percent of people in the world are dehydrated on a regular basis. Drinking water is extremely important to the regular functioning of our body, and it’s even more important if we suffer from anxiety.

Dehydration can make our body feel tense, and weak, and can make our brain feel foggy. These physical symptoms often trigger anxious episodes as we interpret these feelings as a signal that there’s something wrong, rather than seeing them as something that can be remedied with a few sips of water.

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3. Change

Many people with anxiety fear change because they can’t wrap their heads around a new routine. There are too many things to worry about if your routine changes, and the uncertainty causes people to go into an anxious spiral.

The next time you’re anticipating some change in your life, take the time to mentally prepare yourself. Think through all of the ways that the scenario can play out, and how you’ll react. The more prepared you feel before the change comes, the easier it will be to deal with. Focus on thinking positively, instead of letting negative thoughts control your mindset.

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