Most people that suffer from anxiety will struggle to give an exact reason for what the root cause of it is. Apart from a person experiencing a specific trauma such as the passing of a loved one, trying to understand what exactly happened to cause anxiety can be really difficult to define.
So, if you’re feeling the symptoms of anxiety but struggling to understand exactly what’s behind the feelings, this blog is for you. Below, I’ll list the six most common causes of anxiety that you may not have considered.
5 Common Causes of Anxiety
- Loneliness – Loneliness comes in two forms:
• Physical loneliness – where you can feel alone even in a crowd of people
• Emotional loneliness – where you’ve experienced something that’s difficult to share with others
Both of which can cause anxiety, stress and feelings of unhappiness.
- A Life Change – Big life changes such as divorce, separation or breakup, a new job, moving house, readjusting finances or supporting children as a lone parent can all contribute to a heightened level of anxiety. A life change may seem comfortable to you; however, it may have had more of an impact on a deeper level than you may initially realise.
- Substance Use And Abuse – Substance abuse isn’t one that we would automatically think of, but drugs, alcohol and even caffeine can “rewire” the brain’s neurochemistry. This disrupts normal communication between neurotransmitters that control every physical and psychological experience. Consequently, it is possible to develop anxiety due to the new patterns in neurochemistry.
- Exhaustion And Burnout – Exhaustion from overworking causes stress reactions within the body which can lead to anxiety. These days, most people would admit to suffering from stress brought on through work, which can lead to job-related anxiety and even burnout.
- Health Issues – People with ongoing health issues are at an increased risk of suffering from anxiety. Furthermore, having a certain type of personality makes some people more disposed to anxiety than others. As well as this, like so many health conditions, anxiety appears to run in families. Genetics may play a role in who develops anxiety and who does not.
Are You Struggling With Anxiety?
In my next blog post, I will cover the self-care tips that can help you to manage anxiety. However, if you would like further support, then I can help. Using a bespoke blend of therapeutic modalities, I offer a supportive coaching space where we can get to the root cause of your anxieties and develop a plan and personal toolkit of strategies to manage the feelings of anxiety.
Check out my blog: Self Care Tips For Anxiety