How To Avoid Anxiety Triggers
Avoiding anxiety can be a full-time job. Everything and anything can be a trigger: environmental situations, having a serious medical condition, brain chemistry that lends itself to anxiety, or having low self-esteem that leads to self-criticism. Even traumatic events experienced in the past can trigger current-day anxiety. Becoming educated about your anxiety triggers will enable you to make informed decisions that help you lessen its effect on you. By developing some basic, easy coping skills, you can anticipate a trigger situation and be able to quash it.
Some common anxiety triggers include:
- A broken family
- Having a stressful job
- Living in a dangerous neighborhood
- Substance abuse or mental illness within the family
- Upsetting news from the media
These are all common anxiety triggers that some people live with every day. The goal is to develop tools to help put anxiety in perspective. You may not be able to avoid the situation, but you can avoid its ability to become an anxiety trigger for you.
Adopting a healthier lifestyle can help reduce anxiety. Limiting the intake of coffee, sugar and alcohol can help limit anxiety. Getting regular exercise, drinking plenty of water and getting enough sleep all have a positive effect on alleviating anxiety. The more healthy and well rested you are, the better you are able to deal with the stressors than cause anxiety.
Practicing mindfulness can be extremely helpful. Mindfulness is the act of concentrating on only what you are doing at that moment in time. If you are washing the dishes, concentrate only on the dish in your hand, what it looks like, the soap bubbles on the sponge and how the soap smells instead of rehashing a situation that caused you anxiety during the day.
Some other things you can do to relieve or avoid anxiety are:
- Listening to music
- Playing with a pet
- Taking a hot bubble bath
- Exercising your creative side by painting or writing
- Gardening or making home repairs
- Practicing deep breathing, meditation, or muscle relaxation
It’s best to practice a variety of methods that work and employ them daily. Having more than one tool with which to fend off anxiety can be especially useful.
When anxiety takes over, it’s difficult to find the good in your life. Yet one of the best long-term solutions to anxiety is to create and maintain a positive attitude about life. Make note of the small things that make you happy; they can be stepping-stones to greater well-being.