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5 key triggers of anxiety

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A little anxiety can be of aid to us all. It keeps us alert and is a natural feeling to experience due to legitimate concerns. It’s a human defence mechanism to be anxious – it keeps us out of danger.
However, this guide will hopefully show you what can trigger medically-recognised anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders are where levels of anxiety are beyond what is considered healthy.
Symptoms of anxiety include (but are not limited to):
● Dizziness
● Sleeping difficulties
● Lack of concentration
● Regularly accelerated heartbeat
● Breathing problems
● Muscle tension leading to discomfort and headaches
● Digestive problems
● Depression
● Rise in blood pressure
● Weakened immune system

People suffer from anxiety for many reasons, ranging from long-term phobias to isolated incidents, but there are five main anxiety triggers that you can manage, which will help you stay healthy. Learn the 5 ‘sides’ of anxiety.

Stress

Stress leads to an increase in adrenaline, the hormone most likely to aggravate anxiety. Learn to step away from everyday life for regular breaks. Focus on relaxing and regulating your breath [How to find your inner zen] to combat stress.

Illness

Suffering from an illness which leaves you bed-ridden or at least unable to leave the house can leave you isolated. Added to your weakened condition, you are more susceptible to anxiety. Try to distract yourself throughout the day and eat and drink regularly, choosing healthier options such as fruit, vegetables and water.

Diet

A poor diet, as with illness, can leave you mentally drained. The most important aspect of your diet will be stimulants. Not necessarily the illegal substances, but the everyday pick-me-ups of caffeine, sugar and if you’re a smoker, nicotine. Any excessive use of such substances causes excessive stimulation of the mind. Being hyperactive and paranoid will exacerbate anxiety.

Exhaustion

Being tired can affect your thinking. You will be more likely to think negatively if you’re tired and become overworked, leading to anxiety. Whilst sleep might seem impossible, take the time to make an effort. Turn off any electronic appliances, make your bed comfortable and move as little as possible. Encourage your body to relax.

Science

It can come down to something as simple as genetics. Some people are more likely to suffer from anxiety due to biological make up, from the balance of certain hormones to cholesterol levels.
If you have reasons to believe you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, contact your GP as soon as possible. If you need a bit of a boost to help you through uncertain times then visit our Video Moods page for some useful techniques to manage moments of stress or worry.

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This article was contributed by Pink Moods.

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