A health diagnosis that’s upsetting or difficult, such as cancer or a chronic illness, may trigger anxiety or make it worse. This type is very powerful because of the immediate and personal feelings it produces.
Certain prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications may trigger symptoms of anxiety. That’s because active ingredients in these medications may make you feel uneasy or unwell.
Many people rely on their morning cup of coffee to wake up, but it might actually trigger or worsen anxiety. People with panic disorder and social anxiety are especially sensitive to the anxiety-inducing effects of caffeine.
When you don’t eat, your blood sugar may drop. That can lead to jittery hands and a rumbling tummy. It can also trigger anxiety.
Your mind controls much of your body, and that’s certainly true with anxiety. When you’re upset or frustrated, the words you say to yourself can trigger greater feelings of anxiety.
Worries about saving money and having debt can trigger anxiety. Unexpected bills or money fears are triggers, too.
Parties or social events
If a room full of strangers doesn’t sound like fun, you’re not alone. Events that require you to make small talk or interact with people you don’t know can trigger feelings of anxiety, which may be diagnosed as social anxiety disorder.
Relationship problems, arguments, disagreements – these conflicts can all trigger or worsen anxiety. If conflict particularly triggers you, you need to learn conflict resolution strategies.
Daily stressors like traffic jams or missing your train can cause anyone anxiety. But long-term or chronic stress can lead to long-term anxiety and worsening symptoms, as well as other health problems.
Public events or performances
Public speaking, talking in front of your boss, performing in a competition, or even just reading aloud is a common trigger of anxiety.
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