Nowadays, people find it easy to speak of anxiety as a regular occurrence, a condition everyone experiences. However, deep beneath the surface, anxiety is not a condition to take lightly…not in the slightest.
Anxiety is a sneaky and undermining condition, which easily finds itself in your everyday life. It has deteriorating effects on the body mind and soul, pushing one into despair and excessive stress. It can easily take out the joy in a person, leaving your mind exhausted and confused.
Anxiety can come in any shape and form. It can be the mere inconvenience of having to hang out and socialize with others.
It can be a fear of sharing too much, asking for help and opening up even to those closest to you. It can push one into isolation, all due to feelings of non-belonging and rejection.
Oftentimes, anxiety results in procrastination, mainly because any chore you take on seems like a stretch. And then, it seems as even bigger stretch once it’s time to get to business.
Dealing with anxiety is like trying to shake off a devious virus all on your own. Many people suffering from anxiety will not ask for help, as they do not consider their feelings a health threat. But, the truth is, they are, and help in dealing with anxiety is more than welcome.
Sometimes, anxiety can manifest in a relationship, making one feel the need to be loved even more extensively, often to feel acknowledged and valued.
However, not many individuals speak the truth on their existing levels of anxiety, In fact, at times, anxiety can act so under the radar that one cannot even recognize the symptoms.
Physically, anxiety manifests with severe chest pain, being overly emotional, and finding no way to unwind. To learn how anxiety works when no one is looking, here are 9 hidden symptoms of the disorder:
- Pleasing people extensively, out of fear of losing them.
- Chatting nervously.
- Demonstrating nervous practices, like nail biting, playing with your hair, cracking your knuckles and biting the lips.
- Showing a form of OCD and repeating patterns, like counting steps, shaking the foot nervously, etc.
- Being overly punctual and fulfilling of your duties.
- Expressing the need for reassurance.
- Procrastinating or overworking, depending on the person.
- Steering clear of eye contact.
- Having a pessimistic view on the world, and dwelling on things past.
- Being unable or scared to say ‘no’, despite an overcrowded schedule.
- Suffering insomnia.
- Having an overworked mind.
- Caring about other people’s opinions.
- Avoiding to socialize, followed by a weak excuse.
- Being unable to surrender to the moment and enjoy it.
- Feeling scared of what the future may bring.
- Making comparisons to others.
- Feeling mentally and physically exhausted, manifested by fatigue.
- Showing extreme loyalty in personal relationships.
- Possibly overusing drugs, meds or alcohol as a coping method.
Recognize these signs in someone? Anxiety will not resolve on its own, and if you answered yes to the former, it is always recommended you seek adequate help.