“Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems” – Epictetus
As I’ve mentioned previously I’ve dealt with anxiety for my entire life. If you thought it was impossible for a baby to be anxious you clearly never met me.
Because of this, I’ve experienced pretty much all that anxiety has to offer. It also blows my mind when some people say they never experience it. How can such a big part of my life be nonexistent in another person? This also makes it difficult for me to explain my symptoms and how I’m feeling since I expect everyone to feel the same way I do.
Here are a handful of things related to anxiety that people often don’t share:
- It gets worse at night
- It can be exhausting
- It’s unpredictable
- It can cause physical symptoms (headaches, body aches, digestive issues, etc.)
- It’d very common but the severity fluctuates
- It makes you feel guilty
- It can make you angry and lash out without warning
- It can make you closed off and suddenly to yourself if you get overwhelmed
- It is bad in the morning
When you’re suffering from anxiety it can feel like you’re the only one experiencing it. But there are over 40 million adults in the U.S. alone that have an anxiety disorder. Be the first brave one to speak up about how you’re feeling and you’ll be surprised by how many feel the same way. Be the leader and you’ll soon have a community.