In the United States, anxiety disorders impact 18% of the population, making them the most common mental illness in the country. When triggered, the signs of anxiety can vary dramatically from person to person, including chills, shortness of breath, dry mouth, nausea, sweatiness, dizziness and muscle tension. The experience can be frightening, especially when it comes on without warning.
While experts don’t know what causes anxiety disorders, those who face anxiety in their daily lives are able to learn to recognize their triggers and to manage their anxiety effectively. Our spiritual energy can play a role in what triggers our anxiety, and as such we can gain some insight into our potential triggers by looking to the Zodiac. Find your zodiac sign below to discover what it predicts will trigger our anxiety…
(March 21-April 19)
You are a high energy and adventurous individual, always on happiest when you are on the go. Anytime that life causes you to feel trapped or bored, forcing you to tame your wilder side, this can trigger feelings of high anxiety. For example, you likely do not do well in an office setting where you are required to stay inside seated at a desk all day. This can cause you to become highly irritable and impatient with everyone around you. Try to find some quiet coping techniques, such as breathing exercises, to help you stay calm and centered during these times.
(April 20-May 20)
Often known as one of the most grounded signs of the zodiac, there is nothing that makes a Taurus feel calmer than knowing that you are secure and stable in the life that you are living. This means security in all areas of your life including your relationships, your home life, your career and your finances. When you feel any level of instability that comes with feelings of high anxiety. This may be due to legitimate concerns, or simply due to your tendency to over-think everything. Try to stop over-obsessing over things, and be careful not to take your concerns out on the people in your life.
(May 21-June 20)
You are quick to take on anything and everything that has been put before you, always involved in your community and social circles. The problem is that you were never taught how to prioritize your life, and are unable to see the difference between the important and unimportant commitments. Before long you will find that you have taken on so much that you feel overwhelmed and experiencing extreme feelings of anxiety. When you feel yourself reaching this point take some time to sit down and write out a list of all your responsibilities. Reorder your list from the absolute most important to the least important items, allowing you to see what you need to focus on, and what can be delegated or put on the back burner.
(June 21-July 22)
You spend your life walking a very fine line when it comes to the attention that you are receiving from others. On one hand, you like the attention, however, on the other hand, you don’t’ want to have all eyes on you all the time. When you are in a situation in which you are the center of attention this can cause you to become incredibly self-conscious and anxious. You are a highly emotional individual, and this will send your emotions into overdrive. Be smart about your social settings, choosing situations in which you can blend into the crowd, and ensure that you have an escape plan in the event you feel it is necessary.
(July 23-August 22)
You are a master of control, and life is good as long as it is in your hands. The problem comes you are not the one in control as this triggers extreme anxiety. You are so intent on being in control of everything that even the suggestion of someone else taking control of you is enough to set you off. The problem is that the nature of life is that there are going to be times that you have to relinquish control. While it may feel incredibly uncomfortable, you need to accept that you are not always going to be the boss. The sooner you learn to accept the situations that are out of your control, the sooner you can learn to manage your anxiety.
(August 23-September 22)
You are known among your friends as being the person who always makes an educated decision, thinking through every option before you take your first step. You research your purchases, plan your vacations and never act without careful consideration. While this is a good habit to have and has likely helped you to avoid some not so positive situations, there is too much of a good thing. You’re an over-thinker. In fact, there are times that you will be too busy thinking through all the different angles of a situation that you will never make it to the action phase. You are overly concerned about every potential negative outcome, which causes you to get anxious anytime you get close to making a final decision. Try to remember that there is only so much you can control and prepare for, and focus on the positives in each situation.
(September 23-October 22)
You pride yourself in living a highly moral and ethical life, refusing to abandon or sway your beliefs regardless of what might be going on around you. You aren’t afraid to stand up for what you believe in and are likely involved in some great social justice causes both in your community, nationally and internationally. Your passion is admirable, however, there comes a time when you need to realize that you can’t impose your ethics on everyone that you encounter. It is when the world fails to follow your plan that you become anxious, lashing out at anyone and everyone that doesn’t fit into your plan. The world isn’t always ideal, so you need to be prepared to pick and choose your battles wisely.
(October 23-November 21)
You genuinely love your life just as you have made it, finding peace in your day to day activities. Your home is your personal sanctuary, a quiet and comforting place to retreat to in order to rest and recharge. You have carefully planned out where you are going and the path that you are going to take to get there, however, you aren’t prepared for the challenges and trials that you, like everyone else, are going to face along the way. When someone disturbs your peace you quickly become anxious. Rather than allowing your anxiety to take control, practice deep breathing in order to center yourself as this will empower you to view the situation in a new light, searching for a solution.
(November 22-December 21)
You are your own person, with your own set of rules and guidelines for how life should be lived. Bucking the norm, you are intent on proving that no one will ever be the boss of you, living your life day to day on your own terms. Unfortunately, there is going to come a day when you have to accept that you need to the rules of someone else, whether it’s a boss in a workplace, or following the laws of the country that you live in. Rules and laws are put in place for a reason, to avoid complete chaos, so try to see the positive side of their existence. Try to distinguish the areas where you can make your own rules and those in which you are better off following orders.
(December 22-January 19)
A little bit of a perfectionist with a high set of personal expectations, you put a tremendous pressure on yourself day in and day out. You’re a workaholic with an intense desire to succeed, however, you need to learn the importance of taking a break from time to time. When all you do is work, work, work you increase your stress level which can bring a number of physical and mental health complications. If you do make the effort to take some time for yourself then you may find yourself feeling lazy, causing you to become anxious. Push through this, sticking to your focus to relax and let your hair down. Breathe a little. You deserve it, and in time it will become more comfortable!
(January 20 to February 18)
You love order and routine, sticking to a well-thought-out and organized schedule to keep your life rolling. It is uncomplicated, free from drama and leaves you feeling calm and in control. When you reach a bump in the road forcing you to stray from this schedule you will find that you instantly become anxious and uncomfortable. You have a fear of the unknown, and a fear of life’s complications. In order to manage your anxiety, you are going to have to learn how to remain calm while stepping outside of your comfort zone. It would be beneficial to learn some coping techniques to help you work through these challenges.
(February 19 to March 20)
You are shy, avoiding finding your way into the pubic eye. You may show this, embracing an introverted personality and keeping to yourself, or you may live your life in a louder and more outgoing way whiles till avoiding the spotlight. Determined not to attract the attention of others you dislike public speaking, PDAs and any type of conflict. Safe in your own cocoon, you live life in the comfort of safety and predictability. Unfortunately, there are times in life that you need to speak up or speak out for your own well-being. While taking this step may make you feel incredibly anxious, you can do it and you may even feel empowered when it is all said and done!