The Most Common Things That Cause Anxiety

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Worries about your loved ones

This particularly affects caregivers. They're often faced with many challenges in providing care for someone else, while juggling their own needs.

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Lack of Money

One of the reasons why money might be triggering is because it's associated with our survival. When we feel that resource is scarce, it can actually make people feel like they're in danger.

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Stimulants

Stimulants, including caffeine, can make anxiety worse. Some studies show that consuming about two cups of coffee can increase the likelihood of anxiety and panic attacks in people sensitive to them.

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Not getting enough sleep

Not getting enough of that recommended seven hours of sleep is another factor that can worsen anxiety. Research has even shown that regardless of if someone has an anxiety disorder or not, anxiety levels go up after sleep deprivation.

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Taking certain medications

Some medications themselves are stimulants and so therefore can trigger anxiety, including amphetamines and methylphenidate.

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Smoking

Smoking constricts blood vessels, depriving the skin of oxygen and essential nutrients, resulting in a dull, sallow complexion and premature aging signs like wrinkles and fine lines.

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Figure out your triggers

If it's difficult to identify your triggers, try to write it down. By journaling each situation, and what happens to your body and mind, you'll be able to narrow it down.

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Argument in relationship

Arguments with someone you're close with can also lead to anxieties about the future consequences in close relationships.

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Separating from a loved one

Separation from a caregiver is a common trigger of anxiety for children and adolescents, but it's also a trigger for adults.

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Having a diet heavy in processed carbs

Even your diet can impact your mental health. Research has shown that eating a lot of processed carbohydrates can increase the risk of anxiety.

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What you can do

Once you know more about what causes your anxiety, then you'll find that there are things you can do to better manage it.

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