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How Can I Identify What Triggers My Anxiety?

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Anxiety is something that everyone deals with, even if you do not have a diagnosed anxiety disorder. Anxiety is normal and healthy. It helps us go with our gut feelings and tells us when something may not be right. Feeling anxious about something we are doing shows we care about the outcome. Too much anxiety, however, isn’t good. Everyone deals with some form of anxiety in their day-to-day lives. There are things for each of us that trigger our anxiety. It’s important to recognize what sets off that anxious feeling so that we can learn to deal with anxiety in a healthy way. Below are some common anxiety triggers and how you can learn to deal with them in a healthy way.

Common Anxiety Triggers Include:

  • Abuse, neglect, and trauma
  • Work and school
  • Homelife
  • Finances
  • Family problems
  • Fears
  • Lack of sleep
  • Illness

Why and When

Identifying what triggers your anxiety is the first step. Once you figure out what is making you nervous, you must find out why they are triggering your anxiety. With the “why” comes the “when.” Are there certain times that the triggers bother you but other times they don’t bother you so much? Maybe your triggers are situational, meaning that they only come out in certain moments when other stimuli are present. Once you figure out why and when you are triggered, you can apply coping skills to help bring your anxiety down a bit.

Coping Strategies for Anxiety:

  • Assessing the panic
  • Recognizing and reducing the stress
  • Stopping your irrational thoughts
  • Challenging your negative thoughts
  • Writing down all of your thoughts
  • Managing the triggers
  • Deep breathing
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Eat well
  • Get enough sleep

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you identify your anxiety triggers and work at handling them in a healthy way. We know anxiety can be difficult and scary. This is where we come in. We offer programs that help you learn how to attack the anxiety and move past it. Our trained and experienced staff can help you today. Call now at (844) 413-2960. We can’t wait to speak with you and give you the help that you need. Call us now. You won’t be disappointed.