12 Things Only Anxious People Understand…

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Besides the fact that anxiety is scary and annoying for most of us…

Why not have some fun?

I made a short list of all the problems I encountered as an anxious person… problems people just didn’t understand.

How many of these anxiety problems do resonate with you?

Share this article with a friend or family member in the hope they finally understand what you’re going through. 

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#1. Spending 15+ minutes on the toilet and wondering why you are still pooping.

Why on earth do I always go to the toilet when I’m anxious!? And why does the poop keep coming?! When you are anxious your body prepares itself for fight or flight and this has an impact on your bowels: you either stop pooping or have diarrhea.

#2. Getting frustrated at people who give you the advice to relax more, while that seems like the most difficult thing to do in the entire world.

Okay… so you’re stressed? Why don’t you relax more? Why not spend an hour or two watching Casa de Papel on Netflix? Excuse me Mr. who gives that advice, but if that was the golden key to my recovery I would have figured that out myself. Simply relaxing is difficult for anxious people. 

#3. Having the same high heart-rate like a professional athlete, only did you accomplish that without spending years doing sport.

Anxious people train their heart, but not because of professional sport. When you get anxious your fight or flight response gets turned on. A huge dump of cortisol and adrenaline gets released and suddenly you’re feeling on edge and your heart starts beating faster. 

#4. Seeing your own thoughts as annoying children: feeling tired of them, because they keep saying the same things over and over again.

We, anxious people, overthink most of the time what we do… (scratch that)… we overthink EVERY single thing the entire day long… because WHAT IF!?

#5. Having shaking hands at random times, but not out of excitement like most people.

Some people have shaking hands because of the adrenaline from excitement… but for me, it is always the adrenaline from anxiety. When I am anxious my hands shake (and my arms as well). The only thing I know is that when I don’t resist it… it goes away.

#6. Feeling like you have a hangover every single day: concentrating and thinking clearly seems impossible.

Yesterday I drank 6 glasses of wine, 5 beers and 1 Vodka Tonic… that’s how I feel today… oh wait… I think it is just anxiety? Never mind, they often feel the same: I feel tired, cannot concentrate and think clearly. 

#7. Telling friends and family that you have a burnout, because they don’t understand a THING about what being anxious feels like.   

Because many people don’t understand what anxiety is, why I sometimes freak out for no reason, and why I stay home today… I just tell my friends and family that I have burnout and need to rest.

#8. Telling your dad that you feel anxious, only to realize that he asks “What are you so anxious about” 10 seconds later.

Whenever I tell someone that I am anxious, they respond with “Oh, that’s weird! What are you so anxious about?” I wish I could figure that out… but if this happens I use point #7 to save me out.

#9. Feeling like you won the presidential election when you visited the supermarket and didn’t get a panic attack.

For some people doing simple things is easy, but when you struggle with anxiety everything out of your comfort zone becomes, like winning the presidential election.

#10. Saying thank you to the same tips & tricks your entire family is trying to give you.

Maybe you should get a massage? Maybe you should try a new sport? Maybe you should go to the cinema more often? Or bake cookies? If anxiety was solved by simple tips and tricks, there wouldn’t be millions of people suffering from anxiety.

#11. Forcefully trying to watch Casa de Papel in the hope you relax more, only because you think this is supposed to make you feel relaxed.

This becomes mission impossible. Just sitting still… and… watching…Netflix? IMPOSSIBLE!

#12. Waking up and feeling so much dread and doom that you don’t understand how anyone in this world could be happy.

Why is no one seeing the doom and dread in this world? The world is a dangerous place? Why are others so happy?! When you’re anxious the world seems a lot darker and harder than it actually is.

What of the above did resonate most with you? Share this article with a friend or family member in the hope they finally understand what you’re going through. 

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Author: Wouter Manders

Wouter is a mindset coach from The Netherlands. For many years he suffered from depression and anxiety. It gave him the motivation to coach people on overcoming their anxiety, out of first hand experience. With more than 6000 blog visitors a month he helps many people on their road to having less anxiety.

About Wouter

Wouter is a mindset coach from The Netherlands. For many years he suffered from depression and anxiety. It gave him the motivation to coach people on freeing themselves from anxiety. With more than 6000 blog visitors a month he helps many people on their journey towards less anxiety.

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