Some events in our lives may trigger anxiety. Whether they do or not depends on other factors in our lives.
There is usually no one single reason or event that explains why we experience anxiety; it is more often a combination of reasons and/or events. And these are different for all of us.
If we were to write down the ‘recipe’ for anxiety, there is a whole list of possible ingredients, but for each of us this list can be very different.
We can group sources of anxiety into the following:
We can change some of the reasons why we experience anxiety, but there may be some that we cannot change.
To manage anxiety, we focus on what we can change.
Our personality and traits
Our close relationships
What you can do about anxiety
Aspects of these that can contribute to anxiety include:
Aspects of these that can contribute to anxiety are:
Aspects of organisations we’re involved with that can contribute to anxiety are:
Community factors that can contribute to anxiety include:
Aspects of our society that can increase our risk of anxiety include:
Remember, there is no one single reason why we might experience anxiety. And the reasons for anxiety in each of us differs. You may not be able to work out what causes yours, but that’s OK – you can still take steps to manage anxiety. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve had anxiety, it’s never too late to do something about it. Help and support is available.
These pages include the following sections to help you to do something about anxiety: