Most millennials know what it's like to have a housemate. Often, they're not actually our friends, but a friend's cousin's colleague, or a total stranger we found on the Internet. Sure, sometimes it works out fine, but other times, it doesn't. And even if your housemate is a friend, that's not necessarily much easier. When things start going badly with housemates, your home life can quickly become toxic and even take a toll on your mental health. If you already struggle with anxiety this can be bad news. In fact, there are signs your housemates could be contributing to your anxiety.
If you can relate to this article more than you'd probably like, let me reassure you that while anxiety is a painfully difficult condition to live with, it's surprisingly common. According to mental health charity Anxiety UK, one in six people will experience anxiety conditions, with 3 million people living with a anxiety disorder at any given time. "Anxiety is completely normal," the organisation stresses on its website. "It is something that we all experience to some level. Anxiety is useful to us as it tells us that something is dangerous and that we need to be careful. However, if anxiety gets out of control or stops you from doing everyday things, then this can lead to us feeling unhappy, upset, and frustrated."
Symptoms of anxiety can include grinding you teeth, panic attacks, nausea, headaches, backaches, a racing heartbeat, and more. It's not easy but you can stay top on things. As we all know, prevention is better than cure. So how do you prevent anxiety? You identify your triggers. Could one of your triggers be your housemates? Have a look at the list below and decide for yourself.