We live in the second most stressed out metropolitan area in the country. Cost of living, population, and traffic are just a number of the financial and environmental factors that cause us stress and anxiety. One of the most important factors in keeping those anxious feelings at bay is recognizing triggers. Here are 5 everyday tasks that trigger anxiety in just about anyone, regardless if they have an anxiety disorder or not.

Watching the news

We live in such a hyper-connected world that it’s often difficult to avoid the news. The over-sensationlization of certain stories and events may equal ratings for the networks and clicks for various websites, but it also can be a serious anxiety trigger. Try making an information curfew and restricting your consumption of certain types of media to set hours every day. Even better, pick a day every week or month to unplug completely.


Between the crowds, unexpected delays, and overall time and cost spent commuting, is it any wonder that it can cause anxiety? Studies have shown that commuting is often the most miserable part of anyone’s day. But there are ways to make the time more bearable. Bring a book that you only read while commuting, make an upbeat playlist to lift your mood, or try distracting yourself by playing a stress relieving game on your smartphone.

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