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Top 10 Anxiety Triggers You Must Know




Anxiety is a condition in which you feel worried, afraid and tensed. Severe cases of anxiety can also lead to panic attacks and extreme symptoms like panic attacks and even chest pain. Over the years, anxiety disorders have become extremely common. It can be quite complicated to know or find out the exact trigger of anxiety. Common anxiety triggers can be a combination of genetic as well environmental factors. Occurrence of some emotionally devastating events or experiences can trigger anxiety or make the already existing symptoms more severe. Thus, triggers of anxiety can vary from person to person. Whiles some people can have multiple triggers of anxiety, others experience anxiety without any particular reason. Identifying triggers of anxiety can help in managing the condition more effectively.
In this article, we present you some common triggers of anxiety:
1. Skipping meals
If you skip your meals way too often, you are quite likely to feel symptoms of anxiety. This is because blood sugar levels drop significantly when you don’t eat, and cause shaky hands or rumbling hands. Eating regular meals is not only important to keep anxiety at bay, it also important to maintain your health. Food can affect your mood in a great way.
2. Social events
Many people feel extremely lonely and alone in a room full of strangers. Social events can make you forcefully indulge in small talk with people you don’t know. This can trigger anxiety, which is also known as the social anxiety disorder. If you are obligated to be a part of such social events, try taking a companion with yourself so that you feel less lonely. However, you need to learn a few coping mechanisms in order to deal with situations in the long run.
3. Health issues
Often, anything that you discover about your health or a certain illness can make you quite worrisome and trigger anxiety. The anxiety produced by this concern can be quite powerful because it produces very personal or immediate influences. Such anxiety issues can be managed by being more proactive and positive about managing your health, taking your medicines on time and visiting your doctor regularly.
4. Personal triggers
There are some personal triggers which remind you of a traumatic event or a bad memory in your life. Known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the condition can make you experience anxiety quite frequently. It might take some time till you identify these personal triggers, but once you do, it is going to help you overcoming them.
5. Conflicts
Getting into arguments or disagreements regularly or facing problems in your relationship are certain conflicts which can worsen your anxiety. Learning or adapting a few strategies that sort out conflicts can help you.
6. Caffeine
Daily intake of caffeine or excessive consumption of caffeine can worsen or trigger anxiety. People with anxiety disorders have been found to be extra sensitive to effects of caffeine. If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, cut back on your daily caffeine consumption.
7. Negative thinking
Negative thinking can have an impact on how anxious you feel. Your body is controlled by your mind. Getting upset or frustrated and saying negative things to yourself, trigger feelings of anxiety. Whenever you begin speaking negative things, shift your focus to something else, something that makes you happy. Negative thinking can worsen symptoms of anxiety.
8. Stress
Living in the fast-paced city life with a full-time job can make stress a regular occurrence in your life. With stress comes lots and lots of anxiety. Chronic stress can cause long-term anxiety and a lot of other health problems. It is important to exercise regularly or engage in activities that you are fond in order to reduce your stress levels and prevent anxiety triggers.
9. Over-the-counter medications
Certain medications which you take over-the-counter without a prescription can make you experience symptoms of anxiety. Medicines meant for weight loss, birth control pills and cough and congestion medicines can all increase anxiety symptoms. Certain ingredients in these medications can make you feel uneasy and cause anxiety.
10. Financial concerns
Money is something which has been a causative factor for anxiety for many people. Payment of loans, being in debt, unexpected bills or fear of money can call trigger anxiety. You might need professional help if financial concerns bother you too much. Sharing your feelings with someone can also make you feel at ease.



These Nutritious Breakfasts Can Give A Kick Start To Your Day: Do Try Them!

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Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day. It is the meal which kick-starts your metabolism and helps you burn calories throughout the day. Not only is it important for people who are trying to lose weight, it is simply important for a person to stay fit and healthy. Breakfast is the one meal which can give you the energy to do things and focus at your work and school. WebMD says that including breakfast in your diet can have positive effects on your memory and concentration.

Following are some breakfast options suggested by Delhi-based nutritionist Pooja Malhotra, which can give a boost your energy and also keep you warm during the chilly winter months.

Try these healthy breakfast options right now!


1. Stuffed rotis

Winter is the time when a variety of vegetables are in season. Stuffed rotis or paranthas made from methi (fenugreek), mooli (radish), gobi (cauliflower), matar (peas) or gajar (carrots) can all make for a delicious and wholesome winter breakfast. You can cook them with ghee (make sure you use it in the right quantity) and eat them with pickle and curd. Stuffed rotis are essentially the traditional Indian breakfast which people have been having for years. Prepare them as your grandmother used to prepare and enjoy them throughout winter.

2. Palak or beetroot roti with mint raita

Palak or spinach is a leafy geen veggie with more health benefits than you can count in your fingers. Similar is the case with beetroot, which is a root vegetable which is incredibly low in calories and is a great source of essential nutrients like fibre, folate and Vitamin C. Beetroot also contains nitrates and pigments which can help in controlling your blood pressure and may improve your overall athletic performance.

3. Egg parantha or scrambled eggs with chapati

Now that is a protein-rich breakfast which can help you keep full for longer. Prepare egg paranthas or eat scrambled eggs with roti for the perfect blend of protein, fat and carbs in your breakfast. Also, do not separate the yolk from egg white. A whole egg will provide you with all essential nutrients.

4. Bajra roti with beetroot raita/bajra khichdi

Bajra is a healthy grain which can be included a weight loss diet as well. You can either make a dough of bajra flour or prepare bajra khichdi as a healthy breakfast option. Bajra or millets has properties that can help in stabilising cholesterol levels in the body. Being rich in fibre, the grain is great for digestion and makes for a healthy breakfast option during winter.

(Pooja Malhotra is a nutritionist based in Delhi)

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5 Super Healthy And Warm Drinks To Keep You Hydrated During Winter

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Are the teas and coffees failing to keep you warm during the chilly winter? Then need not worry as we are right here with multiple options for warm and comforting drinks during winter. Warm drinking options are important to keep you hydrated during winter. Staying hydrated during summer seems to be way easier as cold and healthy drinks are aplenty. The easiest way to stay hydrated during summer is to simply gulp down a bottle of water. But in winter, the body is usually in need of something which keeps us warm and on-the-go. Keep reading if you want some alternative warm drinks instead of sipping on a third our fourth cup of coffee.

Drinks to keep you warm and hydrated during winter

Turmeric latte:


Well, this is nothing but our very own haldi doodh. It is the traditional drink which is taken when a person is suffering from cold or fever. It is a healing drink which can naturally detox your body and even strengthen your bones.

Ginger, honey, lemon tea:

Yes, this is another traditional drink which can be taken in warm form as well. You can create a tea concoction by adding ginger, honey and lemon to water and bring to a boil. It can make for a refreshing and warming drink during the chilly winter months.

Hot mulled cider:

All you need to do is add cardamom, peppercorns, star anise, ginger, lemon and cloves to apple cider vinegar. Add a tinge of all these ingredients in a cup of ACV and heat it in low flame. The drink is going to make for a flavourful companion to you and your favourite book by the fireplace.

Vegetable/chicken/bone broth or soup:

Soups or broths are filling and extremely warming during the cold winter months. You can either prepare steaming hot vegetable soup or broth or chicken soup or bone breath. Broths and soups are fluids which can help you hydrated during winter while also boosting your immunity and protecting your from catching a cold or infection. Just make sure that their preparation is light and healthy.

Vanilla-almond steamer:

Now this is a toasty treat you all have been craving! All you need is some warm milk, cinnamon, vanilla and some almonds. This velvety winter drink is going to be your all time favourite! What’s more is that you can prepare it beforehand and have it when you’re ready for a warm treat for yourself.

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Fasting can improve overall health, study suggests

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Fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation.

Fasting can lead to improved health and provide protection against ageing-associated diseases, a recent study suggests.

According to the research, fasting affects circadian clocks in the liver and skeletal muscle, causing them to rewire their metabolism, which can ultimately lead to improved health and protection against ageing-associated diseases. The study was published recently in Cell Reports.


The circadian clock operates within the body and its organs as intrinsic time-keeping machinery to preserve homeostasis in response to the changing environment. And, while food is known to influence clocks in peripheral tissues, it was unclear, until now, how the lack of food influences clock function and ultimately affects the body.

“We discovered fasting influences the circadian clock and fasting-driven cellular responses, which together work to achieve fasting-specific temporal gene regulation,” said lead author Paolo Sassone-Corsi.

“Skeletal muscle, for example, appears to be twice as responsive to fasting as the liver,” Paolo asserted.

According to the researchers, fasting is able to essentially reprogram a variety of cellular responses. Therefore, optimal fasting in a timed manner would be strategic to positively affect cellular functions and ultimately benefiting health and protecting against ageing-associated diseases.

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