15 sneaky things in your home that trigger anxiety
Anxiety triggers aren’t always easy to identify – if fact, they could be the ordinary things in your home that you would never suspect.
Home is supposed to be a safe place
Sadly, that’s not true for everyone that suffers from anxiety – which is a sizeable number of people. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2014-15 anxiety disorders affected about 4 million Australians – that’s almost one in five people. Women suffer more than men, and children aren’t immune either. According to Youth Beyond Blue, an estimated 6.9% of kids aged 4 to 17 suffered from an anxiety disorder in 2015. Generalised anxiety disorder is the most common form of anxiety, but there are other types such as panic disorders, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Treatments vary depending on the disorder and individual but therapy, medication, self-care and avoiding triggers help. Concerned you may have some anxiety tendencies? Check out what’s normal and what’s not.
Not everyone recognises their triggers
“The things that make us anxious are different for each person,” says therapist William Schroeder, who runs a counselling service. “Some people may not even notice since these things get woven into day-to-day life.” You might pick up on subtle things like the urge to eat or drink more or zone out. Or the trigger could produce a mild panic attack – a tightening of the stomach or back muscles, say, or your heart rate speeding up.