• Kirsti Gwynn

What Causes Anxiety? One Little-Known Reason

The two times my emotional health has been the worst it’s ever been, the cause was the same.

Both times, within a matter of weeks, I was carrying around a constant sense of dread and anxiety like it was a two-ton backpack.

And both times, until I resolved the cause of the anxiety, I was stuck with it.

What’s surprising to me now is that this specific cause of anxiety is one I've never heard anyone else talk about. And yet, it’s something I’ve seen people struggle with over and over again. 

Maybe it’s even causing anxiety for you.

This is one cause of anxiety nobody’s talking about:

The reason for my anxiety was a lack of clarity about my future.

The first time anxiety wrapped its arms tightly around me, I knew what I wanted, but I had no idea how to make my goal happen. 

That was pretty hopeless.

The second time, I didn’t know what I wanted.

I was drowning in an avalanche of questions about what to do, and the indecision was paralysing.

Both times, I was stuck: I couldn’t imagine what my future looked like.