Are you someone who suffers from anxiety? Then you must be able to relate and identify with all the weird things that your anxiety makes you do.
Suffering from anxiety is similar to feeling like a walking-talking ball of stress. You are always waiting for things to go wrong; not because you like chaos and negativity, but because that’s simply how your mind functions. Even when things seem fine, your anxiety will tell you otherwise, and will constantly make you look for the scary things, even when there isn’t any. Exhausting? Irritating? Yes, these are just two words to describe how an anxious person feels for the majority of their time.
There are so many other things you feel, and might even routinely do if you suffer from anxiety.
1. You always imagine the worst in every scenario.
Even before you embark on a journey, fear creeps into your mind that there will be a terrible accident. Without any reason, you visualize everything going wrong on the holiday you are about to take. When you fall sick, you imagine you have got a terrible disease.
There can be countless things you fear which may seem silly to others. But, in your mind, you are convinced. These fears are real to you.
2. You overthink about the smallest of things.
A simple comment or a remark can make you ponder over it again and again. Conversation with your boss or the way he looked at you may haunt your mind when there is nothing really serious. You may obsess about the fact that your boyfriend hasn’t picked up your last few calls, and you worry you have been annoyed in some way.
People not affected by anxiety cannot even imagine why such small little things bother you.
3. You have trouble falling asleep even when you are sleep-deprived.
Your brain is too strained and overactive. Even if you want, you can’t just fall asleep because you have too many things to think over about the happenings of the day. Your brain cannot relax and shut off.
So, your sleep is short and you wake up very early with a mind clouded with worries. You may not be able to sleep again during the day as you can’t drive away anxiety once you are awake.
4. You reject invitations even if you want to go out.
Anxiety can drain people of their energy so much that they can’t gather enough strength to go out in society and enjoy it. Even if you were super excited before all the enthusiasm fizzled away and you simply dropped the idea of attending the party.
5. You constantly feel scared of saying something stupid and wrong.
Whether you had an argument or a normal and pleasant conversation, you keep replaying it in your mind to find out if you had said something wrong. You don’t want to get into any confrontations and to ensure that you constantly scan your words and look for faults.
It is a dangerous thing to do as it can make you very weak from the inside. You need to tell yourself, it is only anxiety that is making you do this.
6. You always compare yourself with others.
You may be aware that comparing your own achievements with others is both wrong and harmful. But, if you are affected by anxiety, you can’t help yourself.
When you see how people of your own age are getting their dream jobs and what great life they are leading, you feel stressed. You feel low and imagine if you would ever be able to reach similar heights.
7. You are easily worried about words of concern.
When you are down with an anxiety attack, the symptoms are quite visible. Anybody who sees you may just ask if you are okay. But, even kind words of concern may make you feel worse.
You may feel this way for two reasons- either you don’t want anyone to know about your condition or you just feel that if others are worried, you should worry even more about yourself.
8. You get very nervous when you think about the future.
You feel extremely anxious when people discuss the future. When someone tells you what they plan to do in the next five years and asks you about your plans, you hate it. Dealing with these questions is not easy for you. You feel you are not good enough compared to the person who asks you these questions.
9. You blame yourself when others don’t reply to your messages.
It could be anybody – your sister, a friend, your boyfriend, or a colleague when they don’t reply to your message you think you are at fault when they could be just poor with communication.
People not suffering from anxiety may not even pay any heed to such things but because of anxiety, your mind pushes you to worry about many unimportant things.
10. You feel unwell physically and mentally, most of the time.
Anxiety can drain you mentally and physically. The constant fight to exist while living with anxiety and trying to feel okay is not easy. After being like this day after day, you may just find it impossible to get out of your bed one fine day.
You may need time and space to recuperate and gain strength. Anxiety is not something that one can just leave aside and continue with life. It can do very harmful things to a person, but a lot of people don’t understand this fact.
11. You find it difficult to forgive yourself for the mistakes you make at work.
Even if you are always trying to give your best at work, an accidental mistake can give you immense anxiety. You go down on yourself and all you can manage to think is how badly others are thinking about you. You can’t forgive yourself for days and weeks.
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