Causes & triggers

In analysing inner restlessness, a distinction has to be made between causes and triggers. Causes are the factors that creating a tendency towards anxiety, whereas triggers are the issues themselves which are the last straw, as it were, in certain situations.

What makes us vulnerable to anxiety

Everyone goes through anxiety from time to time, since it is a normal emotional response to certain situations and helps us survive. The fact that some people experience disproportionately intense feelings of angst is usually rooted in particular causes. These may include genetic factors as well as traumatic experiences or long-term sensory overload. All of these aspects impair your ability to cope with challenges or stimuli confidently and free of fear. In other words, when the nervous system is overwhelmed by input, the result can be restlessness and anxiety, and it can affect the quality of your sleep.

The direct triggers of anxiety

Anxiety is fundamentally something that rotates around the future. It is the fear that things will change and take a turn for the worse, no matter whether in a few moments or in the years ahead. In this context, anxiety triggers for most people result from anything that can lead to changes. In addition to general worries about the future, the greatest concerns are usually topics such as:

  • Illness
  • Financial problems
  • Ageing and the need for care
  • Divorce or loneliness
  • Stress at work or at home

Life-altering events such as the sudden death of a loved one or unexpected unemployment can also fuel anxieties.  

A nervous system that is unburdened lets you look for a solution to problems, whereas an overwhelmed nervous system is not able to react rationally. Instead, restlessness and anxious moods are the outcome.