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Managing Anxiety with Mindfulness For Dummies by Joelle Jane Marshall

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Chapter 2

Finding Out the Common Causes of Anxiety

In This Chapter

  • Discovering what can cause anxiety
  • Letting go of identifying with anxiety
  • Keeping modern life from increasing your anxiety

In this chapter, I explore some of the more common causes of anxiety. Although no particular formula yet explains how anxiety arises in some adults, genetics, stress, environment and upbringing all play a role.

Even everyday living can play a part in affecting your anxiety. Just by making small changes, you may be able to decrease your stress, making your life a little easier and your anxiety more manageable.

Exploring Common Causes of Anxiety

Many different factors can contribute to your anxiety. You may recognize some of them as connecting to your personal experiences, and you may not. Sometimes anxiety can appear with no known reason, and sometimes you can easily identify its origin. Whether your anxiety has a known cause or not, you can still apply mindfulness throughout this book in the same way.

As you read this chapter, bear in mind that identifying with any of the experiences I mention doesn't mean you're doomed (doomed, I say, doomed!) to a lifetime of anxiety holding you prisoner. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions, and many people may have had some of the same experiences you've had or are having. The fact is that you can manage your anxiety.

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