Recurring anxiety can happen for many different reasons. It can be due to a body memory, which means that your body is remembering getting anxious at specific times. For example, if you have suffered a previous trauma, your body might remember the exact time of day it occurred. Therefore, you have an anxious reaction at that specific time because your body learned to experience that feeling from a previous traumatic event that occurred.
Recurring anxiety can also occur due to a lack of proper sleep, nutrition, and water. This can cause low blood pressure and low blood sugar, which in turn can lead to an increase in anxiety. Nourishing your body with proper nutrition, a sufficient quantity of water, and developing a solid, steady sleep routine can help as you work to lessen these anxious occurrences.
All of this is completely normal. Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. Some experience it consistently, at random times, and or at recurring times of the day. There are skills that you can develop and routines that you can engage in to help prevent and overcome these anxious feelings.
Here are my 4 tips for coping with recurring anxiety:
1. Try to investigate the feeling to determine the root cause and ask yourself the following questions: Could there have been a past trauma that may have caused this? Is there a specific trigger that is causing this to happen? When did these feelings start? Am I properly nourished with food, sleep, and hydration?
2. Change the environment that you are in when the anxiety occurs. Provide yourself with a safe space to release your emotions and become one with your body and mind. In reconnecting with your body, the mind relaxes—hence anxiety reduces.
3. Find a release for the anxiety or coping mechanisms such as taking deep breaths, taking a walk, relaxing in a warm bath, calling a friend, or dancing to your favorite song.
4. Prepare a list of daily mantras to say that encourage you to get through your anxious moments such as, ‘this is temporary and will pass,’ or ‘anxiety is just a feeling and there is no immediate threat or danger.’