My biggest trigger is feeling sick or overtired.....especially if I feel nauseous. Even if I know I'm not "sick", but for some reason I'm just feeling "off" it can trigger anxiety for me.
I focus on prevention as much as possible.....avoiding these triggers like the plague! I try really hard to get enough sleep, and I rarely try to stay awake longer than I know I should (i.e. If I've been up at 6am, I likely won't commit to doing anything that would require me to stay up until the wee hours of the morning, b/c I know I'll get overtired and the anxiety will start.) I also avoid caffeine and alcohol, and stay as far away from contagiously sick people as possible! (I wash my hands a lot. Not to the point of being obsessive/compulsive, but a lot.) I make sure to reduce my chance of getting food poisoning as much as possible....cooking stuff throughly, keeping counters and utensils clean, only eating at restaurants I'm comfortable with, and not ordering "risky" food. (I think I get a little out of hand with this sometimes.)
Actually, it's interesting - yesterday I went to a coffee shop and ordered a decaf, but realized after drinking it that it had clearly been caffeinated. I was jittery and edgy and couldn't concentrate all day, and it upset my stomach....and I was so worried I was going to have an anxiety attack at night (that's when they usually happen).....but I didn't!!! I had trouble sleeping a little, but I was relaxed and no anxiety!!!! Yippee!!! (Perhaps I can add this to one of those happy threads......never done that yet.)
I have anxiety about crowded places too, but have usually managed to get myself out fast enough not to have a panic attack. I had a mild one about two years ago in a crowded pub, but I just left. I sit on aisles at the movie theatre and in airplanes, and I'm often on the edge of crowds at concerts, etc. It's not very debilitating, thankfully. As long as I manage it, it's ....well....manageable.
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Some of my triggers are crowds, strange people that look at me too long (I get paranoid), finding out the store I shop at all the time has moved things around and I have to hunt things down (usually in and out), finding a scratch on my car, worrying my car has mechanical problems even though it is new (I know...crazy), my health, the health of my mom, and of course my cat Normandy (cant forget him!), going out to eat is hard as I over stress about germs and wont use public bathrooms. This is just to name a few...
The last few months I have been able to get better about controlling my anxiety/panic. Of course I have Xanax to take when I need to but I try real hard not to need it. I avoid the busy times at the stores, grocery, mall and wal-mart. I have gotten into a routine of walking every morning which has helped alot and gives me the time I need to sort out my thoughts..or just to be by myself and recently just joined the local healthplex (gym) at one of our hospitals. There have still been times where it gets beyond my control but to know that I am not dying, and take deep breaths, close my eyes and concentrate on slowing my heart rate helps get through them a bit easier.
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My biggest triggers can be something as little as the telephone ringing or someone knocking on the door when I'm not exspectng anyone. Crowded places, crying whinning kids in public places and parents ignore them grrrrrrrrrr. I'm not talking about babies here, thay upset me too but I can get past that by repeating to myself they are babies. Cashiers can send my anxiety way up real quick and I try really really hard to be patient but sometimes hubby asks me if I need to go ahead and go outside and I do. I don't blow up on people I hold it all in because I'm aware of what is going on inside myself and will vent and cry when hubby and I get into the car to head home. I am so blessed I have him and he understands what I am going threw.
Bless you all I'm so happy were all here together.