When it comes to dealing with your anxiety, it is important to tackle it head-on from the root cause; to know what your triggers are and to know how to tackle them.


And while anxiety is not something you can pinpoint down – it can vary from person to person and from experience to experience - there are a number of common triggers.


1. Caffeine

Whether it’s from your afternoon coffee or your sports drink, caffeine can trigger anxiety in those sensitive to the ingredient. Even just one cup can leave a person dealing with heart palpitations and feelings of anxiety that can appear several hours later.


How to deal with it: Cut caffeine out of your diet completely.



2. Not eating properly

Not eating enough or leaving long gaps between meals can cause your blood sugar levels to fluctuate which can make you feel anxious, confused and unsettled. 


How to deal with it: Make sure you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and carry around a few snacks to keep your blood sugars level.


3. Your thyroid

Your thyroid gland regulates your metabolism but it can make you feel anxious if it produces too much thyroid. It can also cause palpitations, nervousness and restlessness.


How to deal with it: Consult with your GP if you are concerned your anxiety is caused by your thyroid gland.



4. Alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant and can make you feel worse, especially if you’ve had a bad day. It can also interfere with your sleep patterns leaving you tired and low, creating a vicious cycle that can be hard to break.


How to deal with it: Skip the alcohol in the evenings and cut back when you are out with family and friends. Not only will you feel better but you’ll look a lot healthier too.


For advice and support, you can contact Aware


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