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Anxiety is perfectly natural. It is a heightened sense of self-awareness and a natural response to situations that trigger fear or nervousness. Typical things that can cause anxiety include:

  • Talking in public
  • A first day
  • Start a new job
  • Participate in interview
  • In the spotlight

These anxiety-producing activities cause mental and physical symptoms and increase hormones in the body during stressful moments that kick into gear. That’s very natural. Generally speaking, short-term bouts of anxiety from uncomfortable experiences are common and nothing alarming. But what happens when anxious feelings arise frequently?

Did you know anxiety can come from weariness? Being physically, mentally, or spiritually worn out can contribute to worry — which can manifest into anxieties.

Some uncomfortable activities can cause temporary anxiety that goes away when the activity is over. When adrenaline leaves the body, the increased sense of worry or fear diminishes. That’s what is meant to happen, anyway. However, anxiety can morph from time to time when uncomfortable or worrisome behaviors or experiences are left unchecked and not managed. The feeling of anxiety can then become typical, and you can get stuck feeling anxious more often than you’d like.

Our bodies need to rest. Not having enough rest will increase anxiety. Being exhausted zaps resources usually used to handle tension, solve problems, make better decisions, and take better actions. The domino effect of being tired, worried, and living in an anxious state is no joke and can happen to anyone, regardless of their best intentions.

Exposure to worrisome or anxiety-triggers can have a positive effect. Speaking before a crowd can cause anxiety, but over time can normalize the behavior and minimize stress. The problem lies when you are overwhelmed by the frequency and intensity of anxiety-triggering events and/or are worn out to the point that you don’t have the coping skills to bounce back as you might under better circumstances.

If you find that you are experiencing anxiety when used to manage or cope with things, it may mean you’re weary and need rest. Being too tired not only compromises our immunities and makes us weaker physically; it makes us weaker emotionally also. That’s when anxiety can set in. The faster you get your rest and rejuvenation handle, the better you can reduce anxiety and feel your best.

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