At first, becoming self-aware can be frightening and even increase anxiety. The longer one stays aware of their anxiety though, eventually your mind and body will naturally adapt, making it easier to manage. Reducing self-awareness also reduces your minds instinct to react, resilience, and defense mechanisms to shock. When one reflects on their triggers of anxiety, their self-awareness can increase, thus teaching your body and mind to better manage it when it occurs.
This worksheet for “Identifying Triggers for Anxiety” is simple and direct. It can be used for people of all ages and personalities, and overall promotes self-awareness to anxiety experiences. Identifying the common triggers to anxiety teaches your mind to rationalize the experience when it occurs. As an example, imagine someone who’s anxiety is often triggered by social situations. If this person was at a conference of some sort with many strangers and forced interaction, their anxiety can increase. When the person stays self-aware, they can predict that anxiety might occur, thus serving as a preventive measure. Even if doing so failed to prevent them from experiencing anxiety, this person would be better prepared to cope with it before it becomes unmanageable. Some common coping mechanisms for anxiety include:
- Healthy diet and sleeping habits
- Daily exercise
- Taking breaks
- Counting to 10 slowly
- Deep breathing (deep inhales, long exhales)
- Cold showers or splashing cold water on face
- Talking to someone
- Regular counseling
As a result, the more a person becomes aware of their anxiety triggers, the experiences eventually become easier to prevent and manage consistently. If you are concerned your anxiety is severe, contact a doctor or psychologist for a mental health evaluation. Medical professionals can help suggest treatments and teach coping mechanisms specific to your experience of anxiety.