One of the most important lessons I have learned in life is that truly knowing yourself is an absolutely necessary part of conquering your challenges. In my opinion, being able to face your fears is just as important as allowing yourself to celebrate your strengths. Plus, if you can suss out the underlying reasons behind what's stressing you, then you're making sure you're prepared to handle whatever curve balls the universe decides to hurl your way. That's why discovering your biggest anxiety triggers based on your zodiac sign can be a huge step towards addressing those stressors in a healthy way.
Even if you've never put much stock in the stars, it certainly doesn't hurt to see what kind of answers the cosmos could hold about your unique personality traits. In fact, humans have been looking to the skies for eons as a way to understand everything from life and love to health and wealth. Who knows? You might end up discovering a few aspects about your behavioral attributes that will give you better insight into why certain situations tend to make you more anxious than others. So check out what astrology experts believe are the three biggest anxiety triggers based on your zodiac sign.
Aries (March 21 to April 19)
The ram represents the first sign of the zodiac for multiple reasons, the primary one being Aries's need for action and competition. According to Astrology Zodiac Signs, the three biggest anxiety triggers for an Aries are, "delays, inactivity, and work that does not use one's talents." So if you catch yourself feeling especially restless, just take a deep breath and remember that life isn't a race.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
Though similarly stubborn, the second sign of the zodiac isn't as quick to anger as the first sign is. Still, situations which involve sudden change, lack of control, and disharmony cause anxiety for Taurus, as Astrology noted. Since you're an Earth sign, though, you can always hold on to the roots which keep you grounded.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
It's no coincidence that this sign is represented by twins. Your dual nature means that making choices, being by yourself, and completing mundane tasks are Gemini's anxiety triggers, as What's Your Sign noted. You yearn for the freedom that comes with having multiple options and trusted partners with which you can share your burdens.
Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
You're not crabby, you're just misunderstood. That hard shell you live in isn't meant to push others away, it's your refuge and where you feel most safe. So it's no surprise that, according to Astrology Zodiac Signs, "strangers, any criticism of family, and revealing of personal life," causes anxiety for Cancer. Working on trust and communication can help you feel less stressed.
Leo (July 23 to Aug. 22)
It makes sense that the proud, bold lion would be bothered when they're not in the spotlight. That's why feeling left out, silenced, or like your reputation is threatened are all anxiety triggers for Leo, as What's Your Sign noted. You prefer to have things go your way and on your schedule, and a busy social life is important. So when something disrupts that, it can throw you off balance.
Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
In modern times, the symbolic virgin can be an outdated and misunderstood representation for the sixth sign of the zodiac. Rather, the altruistic attributes of cleanliness, order, and practicality are better ways to understand Virgo. According to Astrology, traits which contradict those values, such as purposelessness, disorganization, and laziness, are Virgo's biggest anxiety triggers. Try and resist the urge to micromanage every last detail though, and you might find yourself feeling a lot lighter.
Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
The seventh sign of the zodiac, often depicted by scales, is all about balance, fairness, and clear judgement. So it stands to reason that, "indecisiveness, confrontations, and violence," are anxiety triggers for Libra, as Astrology Zodiac Signs noted. You can put your desire for justice and harmony to good use by getting involved in volunteer work.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
Since I was born under the eighth sign of the zodiac, I'm a bit biased. On the whole, I think Scorpios are phenomenal badasses. But even I can admit there are a few things that can set my anxiety off pretty easily. What's Your Sign noted that being around dishonest, disingenuous, and deceitful people can make Scorpios anxious since they're natural detectives who esteem trust and transparency above all else.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
Depicted as the archer, Sagittarians are notoriously straight-shooters. As Astrology Zodiac Signs noted, anything that stands between you and clear-cut independence — like feeling smothered, stagnant, or silenced — triggers anxiety in Sagittarius. Instead of focusing on the road blocks in your life (from unfulfilling jobs to that relationship that's clearly not going anywhere), put energy into the areas that you can control or at least make you happy.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
"Capricorns feel best playing it safe, are traditional, and somewhat inhibited," Astrology noted. Thus, it could be argued that the three main anxiety triggers for Capricorns are spontaneity, unconventional approaches, and being pushed outside of their comfort zone. Just remember that trying something new isn't always a bad thing.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
An Aquarius can be described as, "uncompromising, individualistic, and thoughtful," as What's Your Sign noted. This denotes how strongly the eleventh sign of the zodiac values boldness, and their own uniqueness. On the flip side, settling, conforming, or being around inconsiderate people are anxiety triggers for Aquarius. Cutting toxic relationships out of your life can be a great first step towards ridding yourself of those kinds of situations.
Pisces (Feb. 19 to March 20)
Often seen as the nurturing one, the twelfth sign of the zodiac is highly sensitive. Astrology Zodiac Signs noted that intolerance, judgement, and feeling like they are taken advantage of cause anxiety in a Pisces. So don't be afraid to speak up when you are feeling uncomfortable. You'll probably feel a lot better.
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