Anxiety is a common affliction in 2023. The last few years have been highly stressful and signs aren’t looking too good for this year. The pace of society prior to this year was hectic. Multitasking is a way of life for nearly everyone and rest and relaxation are at a minimum overlooked for many.
Anxiety is a common stress response. It is also something that occurs when we overlook taking care of our physical and mental health. What is causing your anxiety?
According to anxiety.org, “Anxiety is the reaction to situations perceived as stressful or dangerous. The physical sensations and mental worry we feel are manifestations of anxiety. Feeling stressed out, feeling worried, or restless can all be a way to experience anxiety.”
According to a study, “Anxiety disorders appear to be caused by an interaction of biopsychosocial factors. Genetic vulnerability interacts with situations that are stressful or traumatic to produce clinically significant syndromes.” (StatPearls, Anxiety, Suma P. Chand et Al, 2020).
Let’s take a look at some common symptoms of anxiety.
- Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
- Being easily fatigued
- Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank
- Being irritable
- Having muscle tension
- Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
- Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep
Being stressed out all the time can definitely contribute to anxiety. Your mindset is greatly affected by stress. Your perception and ability to overcome stressors can greatly contribute to anxiety. When stressful events pile up it can get harder to cope.
Poor nutrition does not leave you in your best state of overall health. An imbalanced diet or one made up of processed foods and low in natural whole foods can affect your health. Your brain function and psychological health are directly tied to your nutrition. Eating a clean diet optimizes your brains ability to function and fuels your body for the day.
Using recreational drugs or alcohol can contribute to anxiety. The party lifestyle can you leave your mental health lacking. Plain and simple these things can upset the balance that keeps you centered in life.
When your body’s homeostasis gets altered by synthetic substances the result can be anxiety. Also, certain drugs such as stimulants or “downers” can enhance anxiety or even cause bouts of depression or other mood disorders.
Not getting enough rest has a profound effect on the body. Being chronically sleep-deprived or getting very little sleep on a specific occasion can both exacerbate anxiety. You know the feeling. You are wired from too little sleep. It’s harder to just let things roll off and easier to sweat the small stuff. Some people describe this sensation as being “wired.”
Anxiety disorders or other mental health conditions can exacerbate day-to-day anxiety issues. The exact cause of many of these conditions is unknown. Some people are predisposed to mental health conditions due to genetics, environment, and the various factors described above.
If you feel like you could be dealing with a mental health condition, talk to a professional. It is better to be proactive and talk to a doctor or therapist instead of minimizing what you are experiencing until symptoms get worse. Arm yourself with information and support. Know that many people deal with anxiety stemming from all possible causes. Take steps to restore balance in your life. Take good care of your physical and mental health. This puts you in the best place to fight or prevent anxiety.