I think the most common misconception of "having anxiety" is that it gets reduced to a feeling of worry that can be passed. But the problem with having anxiety is that it doesn't pass, at least not easily. No matter how you much you know your feelings of worry isn't rational, (like me thinking I suck as a photography or that I'll never succeed), it just won't go away. The difference between anxiety being just a feeling and when it becomes a disorder you have to address, is when it disrupts your every day activities and causes suffering. A few years ago, I would have so much anxiety over my career that my breath would get short and I would have trouble breathing, which now I know was a panic attack.
"The difference between anxiety being just a feeling and when it becomes a disorder you have to address, is when it disrupts your every day activities and causes suffering."
Anxiety consumes your mind and you can't escape it. Anxiety is like a storm that rages inside you and you just have to wait for it to pass.
I love this description from Huffington post:
"Anxiety feels like your mind is on fire, overthinking and over analyzing every little, irrelevant thing. Sometimes, it makes you feel restless and constantly distracted. It feels as if your thoughts are running wild in a million different directions, bumping into each other along the way.
Anxiety feels like there is a voice in the back of your mind telling you that everything is not okay, when everything in fact is. Sometimes the voice tells you that there is something wrong with you and that you are different from everybody else.
It tells you that your feelings are bad and a burden to the world and that you should isolate. It makes everyday tasks, such as making simple decisions, incredibly difficult.
Anxiety can keep you up at night — tossing and turning. It’s like a lightbulb that comes on at the most inconvenient times and won’t switch off. Your body feels exhausted, but your mind feels wide awake and racing. You go through the events of your day, analyzing and agonizing over every specific detail.
Anxiety is a liar, although it feels incredibly real."
Anxiety can get the best of you, despite your best efforts. So if you have a friend who suffers from anxiety, have grace. Be patient. Help them through the storm.
Anxiety unchecked can lead to depression, so if you feel like you're headed in that direction, get out of your own head and take a walk.
The storm will pass.
Click here to read my 5 ways to Cope with Anxiety, these are all things I do on the daily to help mitigate my anxiety.
Also love this article on The Mighty: "My Anxiety Makes me think Everyone is Going to Leave me."
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