Anxiety Triggers


Triggers are different for everyone. Sometimes they are identifiable and sometimes the discomfort just strikes. Simple tasks such as driving (and parking), talking on the phone, going new places, large groups of people, and answering questions in class set off my anxiousness. It's frustrating for me because I know these are tasks I have to do every day and no matter how many times I do them I still feel uneasy. Some of my loved ones encourage me to do these tasks more often convinced that I will overcome the "fear." I wish it was that easy. However, the fear stems much deeper than they are aware of. For example, I've been driving for about six years and I still have anxious feelings just about every time I get in a car. Knowing your triggers can certainly help how an individual approaches a certain situation and deals with their uneasy feelings. Being aware of my triggers allows me to take certain steps to lessen my anxiety, such as look up directions ahead of time when driving, but I do not always have the luxury of being able to identify what sets off my anxious feelings.

Somedays I am not able to identify what tips off my anxiousness. There are plenty of nights where I wake up with the chest pressure and the racing heartbeat, wishing I could make it go away. It's a heaviness that hangs over me, creating frustration not knowing the root of my discomfort and not being able to do anything about it. They tell you breathe slow, don't worry, just go to sleep. Easier said than done. Or some mornings I wake up with this heaviness making daily tasks a struggle. As a student, when I wake up with these anxious feelings it makes it REALLY hard to concentrate in class and be productive. If you struggle identifying your triggers you are not alone. It is normal and okay. 

You are wonderful. You are perfect. And your feelings are valid. 

I encourage everyone to be respectful of what triggers others anxiety. Ask your friends what their triggers are so you can be more aware of how they feel in certain situations. I invite you to share your triggers in the comments below.