It might not feel like it when you are stressed to the max and anxiety has set in—but yes, your anxiety can be managed. The key is in identifying your triggers and finding what works for you.
Your Trigger Might Surprise You
Past trauma is a common trigger for both chronic and occasional anxiety, but it’s far from the only cause. Below are some of the most common triggers and things that can add to your anxiety:
- Not getting enough sleep
- Over committing your time
- Stress eating or overconsumption of caffeine, sugar, and processed foods
- Skipping your weekly exercise
- A toxic workplace
- Spending time with negative people
- Unexpected health concerns
- Financial stress
- Relationship stressors
- Excessive worry in the name of being proactive
- And more
How To Mange Your Anxiety
With the right tools in place, you can take your anxiety down a notch. Yes, talk therapy can help and in some cases may be required. However, you can explore deep breathing, yoga, mindful mediation, aromatherapy, self-care, and investing your time in anything that brings you joy. Also, for every concern of what could go wrong—challenge yourself to consider 2 ways it could go right. Or, ask yourself if this is something you will be thinking about in 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year. If the answer is no, and in many cases it is, then it is not worth the amount of time you are giving it.
With a few small tweaks, you can rapidly bring your anxiety down a notch.