There are many causes of anxiety, and these will vary from person to person. But because anxiety often seems irrational and unexplainable, you may be wondering why you experience it in the first place.
Let me start by saying that you do not need to know the cause of your particular anxiety disorder in order to overcome it.
While knowledge of some of the possible causes of anxiety may enlighten you about your own situation, don't feel you need to be able to pinpoint a particular cause or causes from the details below. The natural remedies for anxiety that I discuss will still work for you.
also be pretty multi-layered - there is generally not just one single
cause, especially in the case of general anxiety disorder which is the
type of anxiety I am discussing here.
Just because one of your parents may have experienced anxiety doesn't make you an automatic candidate. However, it has been shown that children of parents with an anxiety disorder have a greater chance of developing one themselves.
But why is this? I personally believe it comes about for a couple of reasons:
Childhood Experiences and Environments
A Highly Stressful Lifestyle
If we experience high levels of stress that we are not able to effectively deal with, it tends to accumulate over time. Our minds and bodies are then constantly on high levels of alert, leading to high levels of anxiety. In turn, this could eventually become an anxiety disorder.
This is different to the short-term stressors that we face as a regular part of life, such as moving house or starting a new job. But if your life contains circumstances that create high levels of ongoing stress, such as an abusive relationship or a highly responsible job, then the cumulative stress could lead to an anxiety disorder.
Adverse Life Events and Major Life Changes
Major events in our lives that can cause high levels of stress and anxiety are a guaranteed part of life. But if a number of these occur in a relatively short space of time, the stress and anxiety could become chronic.
Unhealthy Beliefs and a Fearful and Negative Outlook
This one ties back to childhood experiences and environments, because our beliefs begin to form when we are very young. However, we can also develop unhealthy beliefs and a fearful and negative outlook at any age.
If you are in the habit of regularly thinking only bad things about yourself and the world, how do think this is going to make you feel? If you always look for the worst in everything and everyone, and only expect negative outcomes, isn't it logical that you're much more likely to develop an anxiety disorder?
Lack of Meaning and Purpose in your Life
Personally, I find being bored and not having a sense of purpose to be more stressful than having too much to do.
Feeling detached from life and not having something that gives you a sense of achievement is a breeding ground for anxiety.
Consistently Projecting your Thoughts into the Future
We create worry, stress and anxiety for ourselves by spending too much time thinking about the future and imagining something bad. Your body starts to react as if these things are actually happening to you now.
Things that can Accentuate your Anxiety
While the things I list below may not necessarily be direct causes of anxiety, if you have a general anxiety disorder they will certainly make it worse or at least help maintain your high levels of anxiety.
My list of the causes of anxiety is certainly not exhaustive. These are just examples of some known contributors.
As I mentioned earlier, you do not
need to be able to pinpoint everything, or even anything, that has
contributed to your general anxiety disorder in order to overcome it.
I dealt with my chronic anxiety using only natural methods, and so now I would like to help others to heal themselves in the same way. Let me show you how I did it.