A list of anxiety triggers and things to do to feel better

What makes you most anxious?

A lot of things, situations and experiences can make you anxious. Here is a list of a few triggers and reason why they cause anxiety 👇🏼

  • Caffeine
  • Health issues
  • Medication
  • Negative thinking
  • Skipping meals
  • Financial problems
  • Conflicts
  • Parties or social situations
  • Public speaking events or conferences
  • Personal triggers

How to identify your trigger

Before you can do anything about it you need to understand what is causing anxiety.

Start a journal and write down everything you feel and see. Write down the actions that got you here (yours and of others around you). When you do this you will start seeing a common pattern and will be able to pinpoint the cause.

Work with a therapist if it is hard for you to find the trigger on your own.

Symptoms of anxiety

The most common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Too much worry
  • Fear
  • Muscle tension
  • Rapid breathing
  • High heart rate
  • Physical discomfort
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling edgy
  • Restlessness

I feel anxiety for no reason – What to do when you feel like this

There is always an underlying reason that you still haven’t discovered. The best thing to do in this case is take help of a therapist.

Ways to reduce/manage anxiety

There are few things that one can do to manage anxiety:

  1. Deep breathing
  2. Body movement
  3. Journaling
  4. Meditation
  5. Eating healthy and on time
  6. Drink enough water

In long term one needs to identify the triggers and find a way to manage them.

My anxiety story

The first time I had an anxiety attack I did not know what it was. I was almost 18, at a meditation camp and I think no one knew what it was because no one knew what to do.

The second time I had another anxiety attack was in my first year of college and again no one seemed to know what was happening.

It was later when I started using internet regularly that I decided to google my symptoms and found that this was anxiety. Well, I did not know what to do about it. I must say that mental health awareness was really not a thing back then.

It took years of work to pin point all my triggers and some new triggers were added with time.

A lot of things make me anxious but flights and doorbells are up there at the top of the list.

Let’s take a deep breath and keep working on ourselves so that we can lead a calm and happy life 🙂

4 responses to “A list of anxiety triggers and things to do to feel better”

  1. Hi, I’m 16 and I’m dealing with anxiety too. It’s pretty hard to deal with my anxiety cause I’m not fully aware of my triggers. Well, all I know is that when ppl knock on my door, my heart would start racing like crazy. I tried to identify my triggers with a journal but I didn’t see a pattern. I’m also impatient so I don’t think meditation is for me (LOL).


    • Hi! You are young and though it might feel like meditation is not an option, how about you start small with just one minute of deep breathing? It takes time to figure out your triggers and I am glad that you are already trying to find the cause and the solution and with time you will. Starting a journal would be a good place to start.

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