Anxiety is a mental health condition experienced by an estimated 40 million people in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Anxiety disorders are incredibly common and cause feelings of worry, fear, or tension. For some people, anxiety can also cause panic attacks and extreme physical symptoms, like chest pain.
In fact, anxiety is a very normal response to stressful life events like moving, changing jobs or having financial troubles. However, when symptoms of anxiety become larger than the events that triggered them and begin to interfere with your life, they could be signs of an anxiety disorder.
It can be complicated to figure out what cause’s anxiety and anxiety disorders. To start, it’s a combination of factors including genetic and environmental reasons. However, some events, emotions, and experiences cause anxiety and make the condition worse. These elements are called triggers.
Anxiety triggers can be different for each person, but many triggers are common among people with these conditions. For some people anxiety attacks can be triggered for no reason at all, while for others anxiety attacks can have multiple triggers. For that reason, it’s imperative to discover any anxiety triggers you may have, as identifying your triggers is an important step in managing them.
Symptoms of Anxiety:
- Excessive Worry
- Feeling Agitated
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Tense Muscles
- Trouble Falling or staying asleep
- Panic Attacks
- Avoiding Social Situations
- Irrational Fears
I use the Bullet Journaling system to track the signs and triggers of my anxiety. Below is a page from my personal journal showing you how you can to travel by your own light, not let anxiety win the battle between love and fear.