What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

First of all what is Anxiety? Anxiety is the body’s natural adrenaline “fight or flight” reaction to dangerous situations. It’s a sense of distress or uneasiness before an event. Worrying about an upcoming exam, a job interview, or feeling anxious about a first day at work is common. It’s a natural anxiety that prepares humans for new life experiences and helps us stay mentally aware.

Everyone has a different anxiety threshold. Those that worry and stress more have a lower anxiety threshold and those that can remain relatively calm and collected during stressful situations have a higher anxiety threshold.

Anxiety is a feeling that can’t be controlled. It’s a feeling of extreme nervousness about the worst possible outcome that can happen in any given situation.

Anxiety is like an angry dark cloud of doom constantly looming overhead and feels like it’s inevitably going to fall and crush me. It’s not just a feeling of “if” the dark cloud will fall, it’s “when” it’ll fall.
Most times anxiety is like a monster on my shoulder constantly telling me to think of all the worst possible scenarios that can occur, so that if (or when) a negative event occurs, I’m mentally prepared to face it.

There are a lot of misconceptions to what anxiety is, and people who don’t have anxiety have a difficult time realizing how much it can affect someone in their daily life. Part of those misconceptions are due to the fact that anxiety is not a conversation that’s brought up between friends or even family.
But anxiety and panic attacks are extremely common.

If you’re reading this and don’t have anxiety, I hope there’s some helpful information for you in understanding what anxiety is and how to help someone who has anxiety. If you’re reading this and currently live with anxiety, I want to let you know that you’re not alone. Hello.

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  • Michelle C

    Thank you for sharing. It’s really good to know that I’m not alone. It’s hard to explain to loved ones so they end up taking offense… which of course makes everything worse. Big hugs!

  • Lynn Woods

    I don’t know anyone who has anxiety other than the common anxiety, but I hope I’d be able to somehow help. Thanks for this informative post!

  • Thank you for sharing. I have never suffored from anxiety but know plenty who do. I am loving learning to understand what they have.

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