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A bad break-up.
A sick child.
Medical bills piling up with no idea of how you’re going to pay for it.
The truth is there are so many potential anxiety triggers that it can be hard to slow down long enough to identify what in the world is causing those knots to tighten in your stomach.
I know everyone experiences anxiety from time to time.
There are unexpected circumstances that come up in life that leave us feeling more worried, scared, or anxious than usual.
Experiencing anxiety every now and then is normal.
But I’m talking about the kind of anxiety that hovers over you to the point where you can’t enjoy activities that you used to love.
The kind of anxiety that debilitates you.
If that’s the kind of anxiety you have and you want to know what might be triggering your anxiety then please stick around.
Because identifying what triggers your anxiety can help you stop an anxiety attack from happening in the future.
So let’s dive right in so you can start to get the help you need.
Plus, I have free digital and printable anxiety triggers checklist that I want to give you free of charge which I will tell you more about later!
And the digital version has spaces for you to journal your feelings which will talk also talk more about later.
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Oh yeah, and this post contains affiliate links to great products that will help you in your health journey. I will get a commission if you decide to buy from these links but I’m only recommending products that I feel confident about.
Before we learn what is triggering your anxiety, let’s take a look at what some symptoms of anxiety are.
You might be quick to dismiss these symptoms as just being signs of a physical malady but we have to remember that our minds and bodies are connected.
God created us to where if our minds are struggling, our bodies show symptoms of that mental struggle as well.
While anxiety varies from person to person, there are some common symptoms that people suffering from anxiety regularly report.
These symptoms include:
● Unwanted sweating
● Feeling restless
● Unnecessary nervousness
● Rapid heart rate
● Feeling lightheaded or faint
● Difficulty sleeping
● Muscle tension (Source)
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms on a regular basis, it’s very possible you are dealing with anxiety.
However, these symptoms can stem from other medical conditions as well, so it can be helpful to talk to your doctor, just to be sure.
But if you talk to your doctor and he gives you the all-clear on all other medical issues, then anxiety might be what’s plaguing you.
Your doctor might then refer you to a mental health professional to get a proper diagnosis of an anxiety disorder like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). (Source)
Once you’ve learned you actually are dealing with anxiety, we now need to figure out why you are suffering.
Knowing some common anxiety triggers will help you identify your personal triggers.
When you read through the list, you’ll see why – it’s common for our minds to react to traumatic or unforeseen situations like these!
Okay, ya’ll so these anxiety triggers, when you read them, probably seem like no brainers right?
Of course, these life events would make anyone anxious.
But the thing is, sometimes when you’re in the midst of a life event, you don’t always put two and two together.
So take a gander below at some of the main triggers of anxiety that are common in so many people.
It’s good knowing what some common triggers are but you really need to know what YOUR own triggers are so let’s talk about that.
Once you ID them, then you can be proactive in trying to solve some of these problems which will, in turn, alleviate some of your anxiety.
The past can be a great place to start looking when seeking out personal anxiety triggers.
There can be traumatic events that happened to you long ago, like during childhood, that are the deep-seated cause of your anxiety.
People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) especially notice anxiety that stems from traumatic events that happened to them years ago.
Learning about your own anxiety triggers is the first step in managing the condition and learning how to cope with it in a healthy way.
Here are some methods you can use to learn more about what causes your anxiety…
Writing down your thoughts and feelings when your anxiety is triggered is a purposeful way to notice patterns.
You can do this digitally or use a physical journal.
Keeping a daily journal and writing in it for just 10 minutes a day not only gets those negative feelings out of your head, but you can start to see how your anxiety manifests.
And you can also write in it when you’re not feeling anxious.
That way you’ll be able to discern the differences in your thoughts when you’re anxious vs when you’re not.
These details can help you figure out the causes and how to overcome those unwanted feelings.
I am a huge advocate of getting therapy.
Speaking with someone with experience in mental health disorders may be the best way for you to identify your personal anxiety triggers.
I’ve done both online therapy and in person.
I totally attribute therapy to helping with my mental growth.
Online therapy gave me the courage to seek further help with traditional therapy.
The online counseling platform that I recommend is online-therapy.com.
I write about it extensively in this post called Should I Try Online Therapy.
I talk more about online-therapy.com, how you can try it for free, and who online therapy is and isn’t good for.
Or if you’re interested you can create a free account by clicking below. It isn’t a free trial.
There are tools on this platform that you can use for free as long as you want.
Be I do highly recommend using the therapy sessions as they will be the most helpful to you when identifying anxiety triggers.
They can ask questions and help expose you to new ways of thinking that you may not have done on your own.
A therapist can be partially responsible for new “breakthroughs” and insights in your quest of identifying your anxiety triggers.
Take note of the times when you feel anxious, and how your body is working during these times.
Do you feel more anxiety after a day or two of unhealthy eating or too many cups of coffee?
Maybe you feel more annoyed or anxious when you haven’t slept well in the last 2-3 nights.
Sometimes our own bodies can be the greatest indicator of what is causing anxiety to appear.
You can use mood trackers to help with this as well.
It can be uncomfortable to reach down deep and determine your anxiety triggers.
It’s so much easier to just hide and bury your entire body in the sand (not just your head).
Because most people want to avoid talking about what they are feeling and feel they have to silently deal with it.
We want to appear “strong”.
However, this is not helpful, nor is it true.
It’s actually stronger to admit that you need help and are struggling with anxiety.
It’s brave to say I can’t do this on my own and I need help from God and those around me.
Share how you are feeling and what events led to the anxious thoughts.
Avoid sweeping past events or possible triggers under the rug.
Learning more about what triggers your anxiety can help you overcome the symptoms and negative feelings.
It can also assist you with preventing anxiety from occurring as often.
If you know what makes something happen, you can do your best to fight it and reduce its effects on you.
The most important thing to do is keep an open mind when identifying your anxiety triggers.
Know that you are not alone in feeling anxious and that it is okay to talk to others struggling with this mental condition to get help for your own issues.
This really should be the first thing we do and also the most consistent thing we do when dealing with a broken spirit and mind.
God made our bodies and our emotions.
He can heal our emotions and our mental struggles when we cry out to Him and ask for help. I know we have wrestled many nights with each other.
I believe God would want me to get help professionally (because that is sometimes how His healing comes) but I wouldn’t want to admit that I needed it.
So I would struggle, unnecessarily, against God and His desires for me because I felt like I knew best.
Fortunately, I grew out of my stubborn phase and got the help I needed and prayed and still pray for healing from anxiety.
The more I surrender to Him the more anxiety is defeated in my life.
I sincerely pray that you will also stop struggling against God and go to Him and ask for what it is that you need. If you are His child, He will hear you and help you!
If you’re someone who deals with anxiety, I have a free resource library with mental health printables and freebies to help you with whatever you’re going through!
Just click the link below, enter your email address, and the Mental Wellness resource library password will be sent to your inbox!
Medical Disclaimer: While Healthy As You Can strives to provide the most accurate information, anything you read on this site is purely for informational or entertainment purposes and should NOT be considered medical advice or as a replacement for a doctor’s care, diagnosis, appointment, advice, etc. I am not a medical professional at all. Any information, tips, or ideas that you try as a result of reading this blog is tried at your, the reader’s, own risk.
Mental Health Disclaimer: While I care deeply about your mental health, please know that I am NOT a licensed medical professional, therapist, counselor, social worker, or mental health professional. Any advice here is not to be taken as medical advice or a diagnosis. IF you need to talk to a licensed mental health professional you can use online-therapy.com (affiliate link) or call a mental health hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
With everything going on in the world, it is not surprising that you would be searching for ways to calm anxiety from the comfort of your own home.
That’s why I am going to share with you 13 different ways you can find relief from your anxious and intrusive thoughts without ever leaving your house.
These are coping techniques that have worked for me when I’ve dealt with anxiety.
Here is what we will cover is very simple:
Let’s get started!Continue reading
Should I try online therapy is the same question I asked myself over 10 years ago when I was suffering from depression and anxiety.
I knew I needed help escaping the dark prison that was my brain but the thought of talking to someone face to face was not an option for me at that time.
This may be the same situation you see yourself in at the moment and so I’m going to tell you upfront:
Yes, you should get online therapy and in today’s post, I’m going to tell you why and where you can get it.
This is what we’ll cover:
I can’t lie…
I got emotional while I was creating this grief journal and I’m not even grieving the loss of a loved one.
That’s how powerful these prompts are.
I looked them over and it tore me up thinking about how I might need these prompts one day when I experience the pain of loss.
If you or someone you know is grieving, I truly believe that journaling is an activity that will help them heal.
That is why I created this journal…to help people heal in a healthy way.
You see what many of us want to do when we are wheeling from losing a loved one is bury the pain.
Maybe then the pain will go away.
Maybe then you won’t hurt so bad.
But let me tell you.
That don’t work.
When you are confronted with the pain of a searing loss you will deal with that pain one way or another.
It will either be in a healthy way or an unhealthy way.Continue reading
Have you taken a look at your diet lately? Perhaps you have and found it to be less than stellar.
I can certainly relate.
If you’ve been researching things like healthy eating, plant-based diets, flexitarian diets then you’ve probably come across the term superfoods.
And while you may have heard of superfoods what you may not have heard of are superfood powders.
So I’m going to talk about that today because what I think you’ll find is that superfood powders are a lot easier to fit into your diet than superfoods themselves and they still make a huge difference in your health.
Let’s get a little sneak peek at what’s coming up in this blog post.
We’re going to talk about:
– What superfoods are
– What superfood powders are
– Do superfood powders work
– Awesome superfood powders to try
-How to get more of them into your diet.
Plus I have a free healthy living resource library full of things that I believe you will love so stay tuned for that coming up later as well.
Now let’s get started.
If you’re trying to get in shape but aren’t really about that gym life or you’re still on lockdown restriction then don’t worry…
I got you.
What you can do is to try walking at home!
You do not even need to invest in a treadmill (although I’m looking to buy one before the year ends)!
Let’s admit it.
A treadmill is quite an investment! I mean yeah it’s a worthy one but it can cost up to $1000 for a good quality one.
Fortunately, you don’t have to pay all of that money to lose weight and get fit…trust me.
The truth is, you can still achieve your fitness goals by walking at home without a treadmill!
Don’t believe me?
Well, if you didn’t know already, I lost about 50 pounds just by walking an hour serveral days a week and eating healthier!
I’ll be sure to tell you more about my walking routine that I used to lose 50 pounds.
And it’s not just me that’s lost weight by walking…there are countless other people with walk at home weight loss results too, as the blog post linked above will attest to!
So today I’m spilling some secrets and sharing some cool ways on how to walk at home without a treadmill!
Enough of my babbling…Let’s get started already!Continue reading
Do you feel like you’re spending a ton of money at the grocery store?
Like every time you look at your grocery receipt, you think “I spent that much and got that little?”
I totally get it I feel the same way. My grocery budget seemed to be growing out of control which is of course not what we want when we are trying to grow our net worths.
So what can we do to spend less at the grocery store?
Meal planning that’s what.
Meal planning either for the week or the month or even longer could be the key to saving you tons of money over the long haul.
So stick around and I will share with you some of the meal planning on a budget ideas I use to save money at the grocery store.Continue reading
It was of an English woman who would go to the grocery store just so she could talk to the cashier.
She said that If she didn’t do that she said she could literally go months without talking to another person. What’s even sadder is that she’s not alone.
Loneliness is at an epidemic level. In the UK, an estimated 9 million people are as lonely as this woman.
I know I’m not the only one.
I be living it up on vacation, food-wise especially. Late morning, late nights, dessert whenever, cheese galore.
I’m not even trying to count calories or track my meals on my Lose It app.
However, bc diabetes is a reality on both sides of my family and my A1C is higher than I want it to be then I can’t go too crazy.
I still have to be aware of my health goals and not forget that my blood sugar could go haywire at any moment.
o because of that, there are certain things that we can do while we are on vacay to keep ourselves (sort of) healthy(ish).Continue reading
Has anyone else noticed this?
It’s kinda hard to find Christian bloggers who talk about health, weight loss or living a more natural lifestyle.
I mean, yeah, you can find some but you’ll find one you like, get all excited, and then see that their last post was in 2014.
It’s like, dude, for real…what a let-down.
Of course, there are tons of blogs that talk about living a more natural lifestyle but I really wanted to find some that had more of a Christian focus.
Because I do love it when the Father gets the praise for all of the wonderful things He has given us like vegetables, fruits, nature, animals, natural medicine, etc. to keep us healthy.
It’s humbling to think about all the things He’s created, especially when I sometimes have trouble just getting my herbs to grow (and has anyone else ever killed an aloe vera plant? Oh, that was just me…ok, nevermind).