Anxiety Triggers In Black Woman: 12 Things You Need To Know

12 Common Anxiety Triggers You Must Know About

If you have anxiety then you most likely have some burning questions. Questions such as: what are the most common triggers of anxiety? And what are some anxiety attack triggers?

Those of us diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or have anxiety often seek out the answers to these questions. And as black women, we are often the last to know the answers to those questions. 

If you need more information about anxiety. Check out the latest post THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING ANXIETY and ANXIETY SYMPTOMS.

Understanding our anxiety triggers is an important part of helping us manage them. Additionally, the most common anxiety triggers are often hidden in our everyday life.

1. Your Health

A trigger of anxiety that is often overlooked is our health. Did you know if you have been diagnosed with anemia your are pron to experieincing anxiety and anxiety like symptoms? These things aren’t taught to us. 

Some symptoms of anemia mirror the symptoms of anxiety so it is often hard to distinguish between the two. 

 However, if you are prone to anxiety make sure you check with your medical doctor before you diagnosed yourself. Besides, anemia there are other medical conditions that not only mimic anxiety but might trigger it. 

Medical conditions such as the ones listed below have a high correlation to anxiety and warrant you checking out. 

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problems, such as hyperthyroidism
  • Respiratory disorders, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma
  • Drug misuse or withdrawal
  • Withdrawal from alcohol, anti-anxiety medications (benzodiazepines) or other medications
  • Chronic pain or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Rare tumors that produce certain fight-or-flight hormones

2. Your medication 

Medications have side effects that many of us don’t know about, and sometimes those side effects are anxiety and anxiety-like symptoms. 

Some medications may leave you feeling edgy, restless, and even irritable. All of these thigns are a symptoms of anxiety that may be triggered by medication.

It is definitely worth it to check out your medication. Speak to your doctor about the side effects of your medications especially if you are diagnosed with anxiety. 

3. Your Finances 

One of the things that lead to anxiety and have a high correlation to trigger anxiety is your financial situation. 

Worrying about finances can lead to chronic anxiety, paniuc attacks, and depression. The thing is anxiety is something that is used to assist us in survival and it can attach itself to something especially money. 

So it is important to learn to manage your anxiety and find ways to manage financial stress. One of the best ways is to set budgets for yourself and reframe your relationship to money. 

4. Your Eating habits 

We don’t realize that the way we eat can be a trigger for anxiety. Eating foods high in sugar if you are diagnosed with anxiety disorder can lead to panic attacks and chronic anxiety. 

The high sugar content can first give you a high but when the sugar crash comes it will leave you feeling groggy and anxious. The goal is to manage your blood sugar so that you don’t get those energy spikes and crashes throughout your day. 

5. You Stress levels

Stress is one of the leading causes of disease in our society. Of course, it’s of no surprise that it has a high correlation to anxiety.

 The statistic states that 73 percent of people experience stress that affects their mental health.

If not properly manage stress will leave you feeling drained and anxious. Furthermore, it will not only impact your mental health it will impact your physical health. Especially since anxiety is a stress response. Learning to manage stress is crucial in managing anxiety altogether. 

73 percent of people experience stress that effects their mental health


6. Your way of handling Conflict

How you handle conflict can be an anxiety trigger. Conflict and stress go hand in hand and not having the proper conflict resolution skills can make your stress level go up. 

If you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder learning how to properly interact in a conflict may be beneficial to your health.

7. You Childhood trauma

Childhood traumas are considered to be a predisposition to forming anxiety disorders. Childhood traumas vary from physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse experiences in formative years. 

Your childhood traumas shape your worldview and how you respond to your environment.  Furthermore, childhood traumas can change your brain functions. 

Having the proper mental health care is imperative to overcoming childhood traumas and managing any mental health disorders that come with it especially anxiety. 

8. Your Biology

We are all different with different genetic variations. But one thing that holds true is that some of us are predisposed and wired for certain illnesses. 

And our mental health does not escape the fold. If your family has a history of anxiety then you are more likely to develop that same mental health disorder. 

That means if your mom, dad, grandparents, and close family members were diagnosed or not diagnosed but show signs of anxiety then you are at risk. Thus making your biology a trigger for anxiety.

9. Your Alcohol and drugs use

For most people having a glass of wine or a few drinks at a party is of no concern.

But if you are one of many Americans who have been diagnosed with anxiety then things can be different. 

Studies show that alcohol and other substances can trigger your anxiety and make your symptoms worse.

Monitoring your consumption of these things is imperative as it is oftentimes a matter of life and death. 


10. Your Relationships

Relationships have a way of bringing the best or worse out of us. They can be a source of great joy or a source of stress. It all depends on what relationship and what is happening in the relationship. 

One thing for sure is that your relationships can trigger your anxiety. Learning to properly manage your relationship will also help alleviate your anxiety. 

Remember relationships are 90 percent how you manage yourself and 10 percent how you manage situations regarding those you are in relationships with.

11. Your Job

Some of us have high-stress jobs and that’s the way we like it. But for others, the stress of the job can be a source and anxiety. 

Working in a toxic environment is no better for your health than eating pizza every day. Toxicity of the job is not the only thing that can trigger your anxiety. The lack of job sucurtiy and support on the job can be a trigger as well.

If your job is a trigger for your anxiety maybe it’s time for a change. No matter the reason, don’t stay in a job environment that is causing you mental distress longer than you need to. Your health is important. 


12. Your family 

It’s okay to love our family to death. But that is just a saying. Our families can be a source of anxiety and can be a trigger. 

Dealing with toxic family members is hard and something that should be handled delicately. Just remember to put up boundaries and it is okay to love some family members from a distance. 

13. Your time 

Our time is valuable and something that we often don’t prioritize. But do you know that not prioritizing your time can be an anxiety trigger? Just like money time can be managed. 

Learning to manage your time will not only help you achieve your goals. It increases your work-life balance all while helping your manage stress. 

14. Your chronic-overthinking 

Being a chronic overthinker can be a trigger for those of us who have been diagnosed with anxiety. Chronic overthinking leads to restlessness as well as distress that then has the ability to trigger anxiety. 

There are multiple ways to learn to manage your overthinking brain. The best way is to seek help from a mental health professional. 


Your mental health journey is a long one. Understanding your anxiety triggers is the first step to managing your anxiety.

And your anxiety can be triggered by many things. Things such as your health, relationships, time, and much more can trigger anxiety. 

No matter what your triggers are knowing what they are will help you in the journey.

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