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Learn what causes anxiety and three habits that maintain anxiety so you understand how to manage anxiety in the future.
What Causes Anxiety?
Do you have anxiety? Do you wonder what causes anxiety? What maintains anxiety, and what can you do about it?
I’m very passionate about helping women with anxiety because I suffered with anxiety for about 20 years, and I healed it, I’m doing videos now which is crazy. I actually love doing videos and they say to do what scares you, that’s where you’ll find the most growth, and that’s where you’ll find healing as well.
Causes of Anxiety Disorders
Learning what causes your symptoms or what causes your condition is half the battle. If you can understand what caused it in the first place, then you can get to the root of the problem to fix it.
What is causing your anxiety, what maintains your anxiety?
Today I’m going to talk about three things that cause anxiety. What causes you to keep going round and round with anxiety? These three causes of anxiety perpetuate the anxiety that you feel, and these three things cause anxiety attacks.
Three Causes of Anxiety
1. Forward thinking causes anxiety.
Forward thinking is a huge problem with anxiety. Oftentimes, when anxiety comes, it’s because you’ve been thinking about the future, you’ve been thinking about ‘what ifs’ – what if this happens, what if that happens and I’m not prepared to deal with it. Because that’s the issue, that you won’t know how you’re going to deal with it if it happens.
One thing you can do is you can think about what would be the worst case scenario, and you can try to imagine how you might deal with that. The problem is, you can’t imagine every scenario.
There’s a better way to deal with that kind of thinking. I’m going to tell you how you can get help with that. I’m going to tell you three steps to treat anxiety as well – how you can deal with these things that cause anxiety?
2. Perfectionism causes anxiety.
Perfectionism is often associated with anxiety, and that was certainly my case, and it still is a problem for me, but I’ve gotten a lot better at it. I’ve gotten better at letting go.
Just try to let go – try to let go of that need to be perfect. I understand, especially if you’ve had a lot of challenges, a lot of difficulties in your life, you struggle so much. So everything has just got to be perfect, you know, you just want it to be the very best.
You’re just trying to control it, basically so that it (whatever it is) can just be as good as possible. But this really puts a lot of pressure on you. It’s really hard on you and it causes so much anxiety trying to be perfect all the time.
As far as everyone else is concerned, perfect is different for everybody. So even if you try to make something so perfect, whatever it is that you need to be perfect, no matter how hard you try, even if you think it’s fantastic, someone else may not think so, and that’s okay, because you can’t please everybody.
I had to learn this myself. I was just always trying to do the right thing and make sure I didn’t hurt anybody’s feelings (for example) but I realized I can’t please everybody, no matter how hard I tried.
This is how I realized it. I am always very tactful, I’m very diplomatic. I really don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, I don’t want to offend any of anybody. But, like me, no matter what you do, you will hurt or offend someone because everybody’s different. Everyone has their own opinion.
So try to lose that perfectionism. Try to let go of it. Let go of that control a little bit.
3. Negative thoughts cause anxiety.
Negative thoughts are huge with anxiety as well. There’s actually a name for these negative thoughts that perpetuate anxiety – they’re called cognitive distortions. There are 15 cognitive distortions.
Cognitive distortions are faulty ways of thinking. So you have these negative thoughts about things – such as all or nothing thinking – and it’s very rigid and it causes anxiety. It’s got to be all or just nothing at all. This all or nothing kind of thinking, this black and white thinking is called polarized thinking and it has to do with perfectionism as well.
Jumping to conclusions, for example, is another cognitive distortion. If you have a negative interaction with someone, for example, and you think that it happened because you decide that person doesn’t like. Well no, it doesn’t mean they don’t like you.
That’s a simple example of a cognitive distortion. There are 13 others.
Now you know what causes anxiety and what maintains anxiety but what can you do about it? Learn three steps to treat anxiety so you can deal with these habits that maintain anxiety and conquer anxiety once and for all.
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I wish you health and happiness,