Identifying Anxiety Triggers to Make Life Easier

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. There are unexpected circumstances that
come up in life that leave us feeling more worried, scared, or anxious than usual.
Experiencing anxiety is a normal process, and if you suffer from anxiety every now and then,
you’re not alone. Millions of American adults have anxiety and it has become the most
commonly diagnosed mental health disorder in the U.S.

If you are someone who suffers from anxiety on a regular basis, it can be helpful for you to learn
about your triggers. Identifying anxiety triggers can help you stop an anxiety attack from
happening. It can also help you lessen the severity of other anxiety symptoms.
Anxiety Symptoms

Before you start to look into what is triggering your anxiety, it can be helpful to know what
anxiety looks like. While anxiety varies from person to person, there are some common
symptoms that people suffering from anxiety regularly report.

These symptoms include:

● Unwanted sweating
● Irritability
● Feeling restless
● Unnecessary nervousness
● Rapid heart rate
● Feeling lightheaded or faint
● Difficulty sleeping
● Muscle tension

If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms on a regular basis, it’s very possible you
are dealing with anxiety. These symptoms can stem from other medical conditions as well, so it
can be helpful to talk to your doctor.

If all other medical issues are ruled out, you’ll want to consider anxiety as the cause. Once
you’ve learned you are dealing with anxiety, the next step is to determine why it’s happening to
you. Let’s take a look at some common anxiety triggers before we dive deeper into identifying
your personal ones.

Common Anxiety Triggers:

There are some anxiety triggers that many people seem to experience. When you read through
the list, you’ll see why – it’s common for our minds to react to traumatic or unforeseen situations
like these!

Health conditions – Receiving a new health diagnosis can be quite alarming, especially
if it’s a scary one like cancer. Chronic illnesses that become worse can also affect how
much anxiety you feel about your health.
Caffeine – Drinking too much coffee can induce anxiety and related symptoms, including
rapid heart rate, trouble sleeping, and nervousness. These side effects aren’t helpful for
someone already dealing with anxiety before consuming caffeine.
Crowded places – Too many people in a small space can make you feel confined,
bringing on feelings of anxiety. Parties, social events, and other large gatherings can
have the same effect – especially if you’ve spent extended periods of time at home and
are just getting back out into the “real” world.
Medications – It is possible that taking over-the-counter and new prescription
medications can cause anxiety to occur. Your best bet here is to ask your doctor if this is
the case with your medications.
Stress – Worrying about too much can definitely bring on anxiety. It can also contribute
to other behaviors that will worsen your anxiety, like skipping meals, drinking coffee, or
consuming alcohol.
Conflict – Disagreements at work, in your relationships, or even within your own mind
can cause you to feel anxious. This is especially true if you are the one at fault or you
feel like you can’t resolve the problem.

How to Identify YOUR Anxiety Triggers

You may experience some of the common anxiety triggers listed above, but anxious feelings
can arise in people for many other reasons as well. It’s essential that you learn your personal
anxiety triggers so that you can help yourself resolve the symptoms and keep them from
happening again.

The past can be a great place to start looking when seeking out personal anxiety triggers. There
can be events that happened to you long ago that are the deep-seated cause of your anxiety.
People with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) especially notice anxiety that stems from
traumatic events that happened to them years ago.

Identifying your own triggers for anxiety is the first step in maintaining the condition and learning
how to cope with it in a healthy way. Here are some methods you can use to learn more about
what causes your anxiety:


Writing down your thoughts and feelings when your anxiety is triggered is a purposeful way to
notice patterns. Keeping a daily journal and writing in it for just 10 minutes a day not only gets
those negative feelings out of your head, but you can start to see how your anxiety manifests.

It’s helpful to journal during times you aren’t feeling anxious as well. These details can help you
figure out the causes and how to overcome those unwanted feelings.


Speaking with someone with experience in mental health disorders may be the best way for you
to identify your personal anxiety triggers. They can ask questions and help expose you to new
ways of thinking that you may not have done on your own.

A therapist can be partially responsible for new “breakthroughs” in your quest of identifying your
anxiety triggers. Consider finding a professional who can listen to how you feel and help you
determine the root causes of anxiety in your life.

Listen to your Body

Take note of the times when you feel anxious, and how your body is working during these times.
Do you feel more anxiety after a day or two of unhealthy eating or too many cups of coffee?
Maybe you feel more agitated when you haven’t slept well in the last 2-3 nights.
Sometimes our own bodies can be the greatest indicator of what is causing anxiety to appear.

Be honest

It can be difficult to reach down deep and determine your anxiety triggers. Most people want to
avoid talking about it and feel they have to silently deal with it. However, this is not helpful, nor is
it true.

Be honest with yourself and the people you confide in. Share how you are feeling and what
events led to the anxious thoughts. Avoid sweeping past events or possible triggers under the

Learning more about what triggers your anxiety can help you overcome the symptoms and
negative feelings. It can also assist you with preventing anxiety from occurring as often. If you
know what makes something happen, you can do your best to fight it and reduce its effects on

The most important thing to do is keep an open mind when identifying your anxiety triggers.
Know that you are not alone in feeling anxious, and that it is okay to talk to others struggling
with this mental condition to get help for your own issues.

7 Hacks To Motivate Yourself To Make Progress

Ready to stop procrastinating and make some progress? Try one of these seven simple hacks to motivate yourself into action. Give them each a try over the coming days and weeks and find the ones that make the biggest difference for you. Whenever you find yourself procrastinating, come back to this list and employ one or several of these hacks. Your productivity will soar.

Pick Something Small

One of the big reasons we procrastinate is because something feels overwhelming. There’s too much too do, so we choose to forget about it for a little while. It’s a coping mechanism, just not a very productive one. Instead, pick one thing, something small that you can do right now to move you in the right direction. This creates momentum and forces you to take action.

Set A Time And Go

Another hack that works like a charm is to set a timer. Your phone has one built in, as do most smart watches. Set it for fifteen or twenty minutes and chip away at a task you’ve been procrastinating on. This works just as well for declutter your closet as it does for filling out those dreaded expense reports. If twenty minutes feels too long, start with ten. Again, the goal is to start and do something.

Bribe Yourself

There’s nothing wrong with bribing yourself if that’s what motivates you. Work on a home improvement project for an hour and then watch an episode of your favorite show. Or promise yourself a new gadget or pair of shoes when you finish painting the living room. Come up with something that motivates you and go for it. Remind yourself of the prize at the end of the project whenever you’re tempted to put things off for another day.

Find An Accountability Partner

Find someone else who’s either trying to be more productive or beat procrastination themselves. Check in with each other daily. Share what you want to accomplish and what you will get done today. Knowing you have to report to someone else makes you take action. It’s also motivating to see the other person do the same. Try it.

Measure Your Progress

When you’re working on something long-term like losing thirty pounds for example, it can be tempting to procrastinate because it doesn’t seem like you’re making much progress. Instead, prove to yourself that you are getting closer and closer by tracking or measuring it. Make a chart, use a spreadsheet, keep a journal. Find a way to measure your progress and use it to motivate yourself to keep going.

Remind Yourself Of Your Why

There’s a reason you’ve decided to do that thing you keep putting off. Think about why you want to get it done. Is it so you get your tax refund? So you can run around with the kids? So you can find the clothes you actually want to wear? Find out your why. Write it down and then keep it front and center. Look at it every day before you get ready to get to work.

Just Start

I’ve saved the best for last. It’s the easiest but also the most powerful. Hear this. Just get started. That’s right, sometimes all you have to do is just get moving in the right direction. Do something. Do anything. Even if it’s something super small. You get over that initial hump and start to build some momentum.

Self-Care Doesn’t Have To Cost Anything

Lots of people get the wrong idea about self-care. They think they have to be deserving of it. They feel like it’s splurging to do something good for yourself. It can seem extravagant. I’d like to change that mindset today. Self-care is something you deserve. Everyone does. It benefits us all, along with those around us, when we put our own well-being at the forefront. You can’t take care of others when your own well-being is suffering. Let’s take a look at some free and low-cost ways you can care for yourself.

Take a Time Out

Sometimes just a little bit of alone time is all you need to feel rejuvenated. So why not give yourself a time out? Lock yourself in your room with a nice cup of tea. Listen to some quiet music. Just sit still and think for a bit. It’s a luxury we all can afford.

Waste Some Time

We often feel pressured to be productive all the time. Being busy is a sign of worth and accomplishment. However, it really doesn’t have to be that way. Just kicking back and doing nothing is important to recharging our batteries. Let yourself have some down time to do something frivolous like binge on your favorite Netflix show, take a nap or just sit and pet your cat. You deserve it.

Do Some Writing

Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, journaling can be a very therapeutic activity. Jotting down what you’re grateful for has been proven to be beneficial to well-being. It can also be energizing to simply do a brain dump in which you write down all the things that are floating around in your head. Jotting down dreams for the future might inspire and motivate you to take action. Give it a try.

Reach Out to Someone

Socializing is a crucial part of self-care. Even introverts benefit from interpersonal connection. Humans aren’t meant to be isolated. Pick up the phone and call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Sit down and Skype with your favorite internet pal. Meeting up in person for a walk together or a cup of coffee is even better. Connecting to others might just provide the spark you’ve been missing.

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Change Your Perspective

A change of scenery can be a wonderful source of renewal, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Just heading out to walk in your neighborhood might help when you’re feeling stir-crazy in your home. If you’re able to afford it, a low-cost staycation to a nearby location for a day or two is a fun way to switch things up. You’ll be surprised what this change of perspective can do for you.

While these are just a few of the countless ways you can indulge in self-care without spending much money, perhaps they’re just the jumpstart you need to begin exploring this concept. You truly do deserve to spend time, energy and effort on your own well-being.

Scents Of Fall

I love fall, tis no secret! It’s my favorite because it’s not blistering hot or too cold I can’t feel my face. The weather is perfect, we have some hit-or-miss hot days but they usually don’t last long. These scents of fall will really get you in the spirit even though it’s getting chilly and the days are getting shorter.

I took a smallish break to revitalize and just be with myself for a few weeks. Now that I’m back you guys are going to love the new content, I promise & pinky swear. I take promises and pinky swears very seriously.

Scents of Fall, my favorite fall candles that are lit in rotation in the living room, my room, and my office but I’ve recently discovered essential oils.  The smell just makes me feel comfortable and to where I can concentrate, all in a few simple drops of oils.

My Favorite Scents of Fall:

Spiced Coffee

2 drops Vanilla

2 drops Coffee

1 drop Cardomom

1 drop Cinnamon Bark

1 drop Clove

Pumpkin Spice Latte

(Yes, the basic girl in me really loves this one.)

2 drops Cardamom

2 drops Cassia

1 drop Clove

1 drop Orange

Apple Pie

4 drops Cinnamon Bark

2 drops Lemon Grass

2 drops Grapefruit

2 drops Bergamont

Caramel Apple

4 drops Bergamot

4 drops Lime

4 drops Nutmeg

4 drops Copaiba

Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte

3 drops Ylang Ylang

3 drops Nutmeg

3 drops Cinnamon Bark

2 drops Bergamot

4 drops stress a

1 drop Nutmeg

Evening By The Bonfire

1 drop Frankincense

2 drops Douglas Fir

1 drop Sandalwood

1 drop Lavender

Cranberry Orange

6 drops Grapefruit

4 drops Orange

2 drops Cinnamon Bark

Fall Sangria

4 drops Lime

4 drops Grapefruit

2 drops Copaiba

4 drops Cinnamon Bark

When I was a kid I always smelled the sweet scents of apple pie, pumpkin spices lates, and bonfires. These bring back my childhood while the sangria blend reminds of of my adulthood.

IF you try any other these blends pop back in to let me know which was your favorite and how your family or guest react. I love hearing what everyones favorite is and what we have in common.

My Experiment With The Curly Girl Method

I’ve got another review queued up for you again today, it’s all about my hair routine, I’m excited about it (shows ya how exciting my life is huh?) so I thought I’d share it with you. You’ll definitely want to read if you’re a curly-haired girl too. 

You can read up on the Curly Girl Method on Pinterest, there are a TON of helpful articles, which helped me make my decision upon these products along with their reviews. These products are scattered about which the Curly Girl Method doesn’t really follow a strict plan of products. 

Make sure none of the products you buy have sulfates, silicone-free, or soy proteins. These are the ingredients that dry and damage your hair. 

Again, I am not a beauty blogger by any means but I thought I’d share my hair routine with you all since you liked my skincare routine post. 

I love playing with my hair from coloring to new products to different styles. I have naturally curly hair but I love to straighten it because it gives it more length but it does a number on my curls. Not a good one! 

I found a few different products of different brands to try and see what they make my curls look like. I’ve spent so much money on hair products it’s crazy! If I can save you guys a little moolah I’d love to try. 

Now, this is early in the morning so don’t laugh at my unwashed face with no makeup on. I don’t do morning at all. 

First up we have the Maui curl shampoo and conditioner, this stuff smells amazing and I’d heard a lot of good things about it plus there were a lot of good reviews. It made my hair so soft and smells delicious with its coconut-scented self (you’ll see a lot of coconut-scented products in this post).

Then, we have Palmer’s coconut strong root spray. I saw this on a Pinterest pin and decided to give it a try. Ya’ll it makes my scalp feel so good!  

Next up is the Miracle Curls Curl Refresher from Aussie (I’ve been a big fan of theirs for years). If I would’ve known how awesome the stuff in the little bottle is I would’ve ordered 6 bottles! If you spray it while your hair is damp you get springy curls and if you use it on your second and third day your curls are still tight and they smell good too, like coconut. (Who knew!)

Finally, we have the Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Cream which keeps away the frizz. Same with the Aussie Curl Refresher spray, I would’ve bought 6 bottles of this too. It takes all of the frizz from my hair. This product has the very very faint smell of coconut, ever so subtle. 

Which is fantastic because my hair is usually a frizzy mess since I’m not straightening it anymore to bring back my curls. I use to have 2c curls but now with all the heat, they’ve shrunk to 1c. I’ve also lost a lot of volume on top of my head. Which I achieve to get back so my curls aren’t flat on top of my head. 

My thoughts on these products are – they’ll always be in my cabinet for when I want them and for right now, well they’ll be my hair’s best friend. 

This is how I slept in them so I wouldn’t smash them flat or distort them. It was actually pretty comfortable. I used a silk scrunchie (yes it has Corgi faces on it) because I didn’t want a hair tie that would break my hair while I slept. 

Now, this is early in the morning so don’t laugh at my unwashed face with no makeup on. I don’t do morning at all.

As you can see the curls are still intact, this is before using the curl refresher spray. I’ll have to get more pictures and post them on Instagram with the curl refresher because my curls look like day 1 curls. Like I said it was early in the morning and I’m not a morning person and it was before my mocha and yoga. 

I hope you curly girls found this post helpful if so drop a comment below letting me know your favorite products. Even if you’re not a curly girl drop a comment with your favorite products too. Who knows I’ll probably try those too on my next hair adventure. ;p

Homemade Chocolate Strawberry Boxes

I previously said there would be no. food on this blog but there will be a few, don’t worry they won’t be yucky. They’re quick and easy because as much as I love my kitchen I don’t want to be in it for hours and these homemade chocolate strawberry boxes did not disappoint.

Over the weekend it was raining but I was craving something sweet. Strawberry and chocolate are sweet! So why not make a few homemade chocolate strawberry boxes for dessert, right?

I’d saved a recipe (I can’t remember what website it was on because I’d saved the ingredients and “how-to” in my phone notes) and wanted to give it a try for a few months now.

I love the combination of strawberries and chocolate. Sweet and a little tangy depending on what type of strawberry you’ve dipped. The thought is making my mouth water.

I dipped the left over strawberries in chocolate to save as an extra treat. I love strawberries in their true for as it but add a little chocolate and I’m ALL over it.

The boxes held up well, we’re tasty, and worked out perfect in the fridge. They didn’t lose shape, leak, or break. I was very pleased with myself and our guest was too. They thought it took house so that is what I let them believe but it only takes about 30 minutes.

I like that this recipe is so verities because you can add any kind of add in you’d like, some suggestions are peanuts, almonds, strawberry jam, caramel, you name it! Whatever you like in your chocolate will be tasty. I do plan to try a few things with these next boxes, although I need another silicon tray because this one is huge. It did take a little finesse to get them out as I used a lot of chocolate as lining.

The recipe was a hit as my boyfriend has taken one to work with him to work this week and has asked to take the others for the rest of the week. He doesn’t even like that much chocolate. Since the boxes were so big he split it with his best friend at lunch. Aww, sharing is caring, huh? (And that’s how you get Covid! jk)

I did learn a few tricks. I used a huge ice tray for this one. It was tricky because i had to make sure the sides were coated enough which left a lot of chocolate at the top.

The thick chocolate on top makes these yummies a little hard to crack open but not impossible. My tip is to make sure the bottom is lightly coated. 

Another thing is with the ice tray and with the chocolate hardened I couldn’t really “twist” the chocolates loose.

I used a butter knife to loose the edges that were back to back and popped them out of the silicon tray.


  • 2 cups Melted chocolate Your choice of dark, milk or white
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries


  1. Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments and use a paintbrush to paint chocolate in each cavity of an ice cube tray. Freeze this tray for 20 minutes.

2. Remove the tray from the freezer and fill it with your choice of add-ins.Pour spoonfuls of chocolate on top of your add-ins and freeze this tray again for another 20 minutes.

3. Turn the tray onto a sheet of wax paper and tap it a bit until the chocolate cubes come out. And you are done.

So easy! I was surprised as of how fast everything went. In almost an hour these beauties were ready to eat.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth and about 30 minutes – my suggestion is grab some chocolate and a mold then get to work melting that chocolate. You can even use an ice cube tray if you don’t have a mold. Then they’ll be bite sized! If you give the recipe a try please let me know how they turned out!

5 Ideas To Spark Creativity

We all fall into a creative slump from time to time but that’s no reason to let ourselves down. I’m sharing 5 Ways To Spark Creativity to help get you going again.

I needed a break, a break from the stressors that helped me dig into this rut. Neither of these was the root of the rut but as life goes on things happen and sometimes we need a break.

I’ve taken a month to get myself emotionally and mentally ready to get back into real life. All of this Covid talk has taken its toll on me for sure.

As someone with high anxiety, the virus made me drawback, ALOT. I rarely left my house in fear something horrible was going to happen and I’d get sick then bring it to my mother, which definitely couldn’t handle it.

If you’re in a rut or feel yourself sliding into one there are things you can do to help keep yourself creative and keep those other monsters at bay.

This post isn’t about sadness, loneliness, or Anything other than getting creative. Brush all of those other emotions aside to allow room for your creativity.

I am re-reading a book called “Big Magic” ( by Elizabeth Gilbert ) the I read in 2017 when it was a best seller but I don’t think it stuck with me because I was going through what transformation I am now. I want to be my best self with my best abilities and I can’t wait to find out what these are. I’ll be doing a lot of searching so the rest of 2021 will definitely be an interesting year.

I am only two chapters in but the person quote come up and I wanted to share, the quote is by Jack Gilbert – “Do you have the courage to bring forth the creativity that is in it you?” This quote struck a nerve and my answer is hell yes! I’ve been in the shadows of my life for so long, I want to explore and find what else I know about myself to be true.

There is a myriad of ways to find your worth once again. Give these ideas a try, you’ll be back at it in no time.

5 Ways To Spark Creativity

  1. Keep an idea book close
  2. Create an environment that encourages creativity
  3. Create a vision board
  4. Explore what you don’t know
  5. Join other creatives

Keep an idea book close – when you have an idea you can write it down so you don’t forget. These ideas can help spark creativity when you’re trying to decide on blog posts, journal prompts, and ideas to ponder.

Create an environment that encourages creativity – make things mobile (if possible), this helps to spark creativity by keeping the mind and spaces open to new ideas. Put creative tools in view because out of sight out of mind.

Create a vision board – this is one of the things I love! It helps keep me focused on my goals. When you stay focused you’ll help manifest those goals too. Your board can be digital, collage, visual, or all three. 

Explore what you don’t know – exploring things you don’t know to me is exciting but then again I love to learn new things. You can never have enough knowledge regardless if it’s a subject you know all about or nothing.

Join other creatives – when you have a group you can count on makes everything easier. With a creative group, you can bounce ideas off of each other, draw inspiration from others, and have a place to talk when you’d need.

If you’re in need of some creativity give one or all of these ideas a try, I’m more than sure you’ll have a great session and have a few new ideas.

What do you do when you want to be creative but don’t know where to start? I am always looking for new ideas to keep in my toolkit.

The Moose Is Loose

(This is a sponsored post, you can read all about the disclosure here)

Y’all, I can’t tell you how blown away I was to receive this canvas print from Photowall! It’s absolutely gorgeous! I love moose and the outdoors so this was perfect but they have hundreds to choose from. You can even get wallpaper prints!

This is the print I decided upon, it has moose on it and if you know me you know a love moose.

I opened the box and saw the frame pieces I had to put together on the canvas and I won’t lie that I was a little nervous.

I’m THAT person but that’s things together backward then has to take it apart to do it the right way. 

The instructions made it so easy and explained it step by step. It was a little confusing at first then I thought about it and I was like “well, duh!”. See, they’re simple enough.

Each piece of wood matched exactly the way it was supposed to, perfect! (Except mine was slightly a tad off but that’s my error)

I’ve put together a step by step tutorial so you can’t take a look at the instructions and these photos (because with the coupon code: “namastesarcastic25” you’ll save 25% so I know you’ll pick one up too)

First, you find a flat surface to unroll the canvas to keep it flat. You may have to work it out a little as it’s been rolled-up in shipping. This doesn’t take long about 2 minutes, I wanted to make sure it was as level as I could get it.

Next, was lining up the edges of the print to the wooden frame pieces. This is a crucial part as the frame pieces are going to e sticking to the canvas with 3M tape. Which we all know is almost impossible to unstick after it’s stuck. The are small corners on the canvas print but don’t cut them off as these will form the edge of the print. You simplely take the 3M tape off the wooden frame, line it up evenly with the print and press it down, I did the sides first then I stuck on the smaller side pieces, as there is a place to tape them too.

Once you’ve gotten the creases out and the print is still flat, you fold the wooden pieces inward, which will form the wooden frame. I loed doing this and watching it come to life, I’m a weirdo so that might not mean a lot to you but it means I didn’t put it together backwards, haha.

Then, you’ll secure the wooden frame with the brackets and bolts sent, don’t let these imtimidate you. It’s so easy! Line up the holes on the bracket to the holes on the frame then use the screws to secure them in place.

Do this for all 4 sides. Yes, I know i am missing a bolt, I lost it. Haha, I got a little carried away opening the bag and it slipped out somewhere where i’ve yet to find but i’m sure my puppy will find it for me. Unless I accidently dropped it in the trash where I opened the package. This is what it’ll look like once all the hardware and screws are in.

I abolsutely love it and i’m so happy I got to try it out! You can get your own canvas print, wallpaper print, mural, or poster. You can get your Photowall print and take 25% off using code “namastesarcastic25”. The code should be input in all lowercase letters. 

It makes the other prints on my wall really stand out. I have a lot of travel prints which I love that this watercolor moose canvas print really brings out the colors in the other photos. 

Needless to say. I’ll be ordering another one!