With the modern way of living, the number of people who are dealing anxiety is constantly increasing. The human brain simply is not able to deal with a constant influx of stressors, stimuli and information without rest.
Most people spend 8 hours at work, being focused on the things they do, without resting their brain for a second.
After you get off work, you are encountering loud and busy streets and after all of that, you have a chance to relax at home, at least for few hours. The next morning, you are going through the same things again.
This is a very stressful time, and the fact that anxiety is one of the most common mental conditions today shows that we constantly deal with ongoing stressors.
Fortunately, there are several things you can to relieve the symptoms of anxiety. We will tell you the causes of anxiety and how to overcome them.
4 Main Causes of Anxiety (And How to Overcome Them)
1. Thinking of the worst case scenario for any given situation
When something is about to happen, people who have anxiety always think of the worst possible thing that can happen.
This will lead to unnecessary stress. In most cases, the awful scenario they had in their mind never happens.
If you constantly have worries about the things that are about to happen, you will avoid those things with all your power and the worst part is that this negatively affects your mind.
The solution: According to Alicia Boyes, a mental health expert, claims that feeling overwhelmed is a cue to hunt for thinking errors.
If you ever feel overwhelmed by an email, don’t forget to tell yourself that there is a 90% chance that your reaction is just your old anxiety brain.
2. Fear of criticism
Individuals with anxiety, especially people with social anxiety have a real fear of the opinion of other people.
So, they are either being people-pleasers, or are doing everything to avoid contact with people so they can avoid any negative interactions. As we said before, people with anxiety think of the worst case scenario the entire time.
This means that the person will try to avoid the perceived threat, thus avoiding the anxiety. But, modern lifestyle makes us deal with various obstacles on a daily basis.
We constantly deal with people that may trigger an anxiety response. The worst thing is that people with anxiety have doubts about their own work and are too hard on themselves!
The solution: Occasionally, you may get a negative feedback or reaction. But, always remember that it is not the end of the world. You will learn something new from this mistake. When something you’ve done wrong is noticed, it means that it is fixable rather than a catastrophe!
Self-doubt means second-guessing themselves. People with anxiety always think and rethink about what was said, what was not said, what was done and what was not done.
Eventually, this will drive you crazy. Self-doubt can easily take over you, particularly in the case when your abilities are put on display or you face a big work project.
The solution: Don’t be hard on yourself! Don’t forget to use self-love and self-compassion. You are doing the best you can! Always keep in your mind that you are stronger than you think. You are doing a great job and always remember that you are awesome!
4. Analysis Paralysis
In other words, you think and rethink of every possible route you could take and the results that could come from those routes, but never coming with an actual decision. In this way, you miss many opportunities and increase self-doubt.
The solution: If you have a problem at hand, write down all the options that you have for it. Write the pros and cons about those paths.
Also, you can try out some of the outcomes first-hand before writing them. Try something new, and if you don’t like it, it does not mean that you should continue doing it. At least, you will know that you had the courage to try it out!
- Final thoughts
Anxiety may seem like an inevitable part of modern life, but this does not mean that anxiety should control your every thought and action.
These methods will help you to remove the “fog” created by your anxiety and get a clearer picture of yourself. Don’t forget that you are the one that controls your mind, so you are more powerful than you know!