Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses). We all get anxious over certain circumstances (say, a big presentation at work), but if you’re experiencing feelings of nervousness or unease for no apparent reason, one of these subtle, everyday triggers might be to blame for triggering anxiety. Here’s what you need to know about managing those triggers and preventing your feelings from escalating.
You drank too much coffee
“We think nothing of that extra cup of coffee, but caffeine makes the body nervous and jittery and triggers the fight or flight response,” explains psychologist Nikki Martinez. Overdoing it on the lattés and espressos has been shown to produce symptoms that are indistinguishable from an anxiety disorder, according to a study from the British Journal of Psychiatry. If the anxiety is due to a substance (ie caffeine), it is not considered to be generalised anxiety disorder.
You’re getting breaking news alerts all day long
“Our 24/7 news is terrible for our stress levels,” says psychiatrist Beth Salcedo, MD. Most of the stories are focused on violence, war and anger, often leaving the audience feeling rattled. But that doesn’t mean you need to tune out entirely to what’s going on in the world. Rather, Dr. Salcedo recommends checking in on the news just once a day.