Having anxiety is the worst because it makes you feel like something is wrong when nothing is wrong, and you never really know what is anxiety and what is like a real, normal-person fear. The worst thing about it, though, is that people don’t really understand it unless they’ve been through it, which isn’t a shaming thing, it’s just a reality. Luckily, there are a lot of us out there.
He’s So Chill About It
At a certain point, you just have to accept it for what it is and kind of own it. The more you try to pretend that you don’t have anxiety, the harder it’s going to work to make itself apparent.
What Are We Sick With Now?
Oh, your throat is a little dry? You probably have something terribly wrong with you like some kind of cancer. What’s that? Just thirsty? No, that doesn’t sound right at all.
It’s All The Same In The End
Any small problem can be a catastrophe if you really put your mind to it. Eventually, they all become the same kind of stress and all blend into one another.
If Only It Worked That Way…
Nothing keeps the heart rate up like worrying that the world is going to end at any second or that the worst thing you probably couldn’t imagine is about to happen.
I’m Best Just Left Alone
When you’re having a tough time with anxiety, it can really feel like anything and everything is going to set you off onto that downward spiral if you aren’t careful.
Can’t I Be Worried About Both?
The funny thing about this is that while I do worry about all those things and struggle with them, I also think that there are ghosts everywhere haunting me and it’s not just my clothes on a chair.
Sorry, I’m All Booked
Sunday is when I spend all my time rocketing back and forth between “life is going to be great and this week is going to be awesome” and “life is ending as I know it.”
It’s Really Vague, To Be Honest
One of the most frustrating things about having anxiety is how vague it can be sometimes. Like, I feel very worried, but why? I don’t really know which makes me more anxious.
It’s Hot And Cold
It sucks that your lows are matched by incredible highs. Like, doesn’t anxiety understand that all we want is just to feel normal and not super happy or super upset?
We Worry About Everything
When you’ve got anxiety, you think that everyone is mad at you and that you have to look out for everyone else because you don’t want to let anyone down.
You Always Think No One Likes You
Anxiety makes you think that no one likes you, at all, for no reason other than that you’re you, and that’s a good enough reason to hate you. It’s really stressful.
Social Interactions Are Really Hard
You want to go out and be social and have interactions with people, but also, going out makes you feel really worried and probably sweaty and it just isn’t worth it.
They’re Going To Beep, I Know It
It’s like when you go to the airport and you start looking really guilty because even though you know that you’ve got nothing to worry about you think something bad might have materialized.
It’s A Lot Of Pressure
The real irony about this is that, while we worry so much about how other people perceive us, people probably don’t really notice—and not in a bad way! Just not in the way we think.
Nothing You Do Is Right
Anxiety makes you feel like nothing you do is right even if what you’re doing in life is working out for you. It makes it hard to appreciate your accomplishments.
Do You Worry About Not Worrying Enough?
If you start to feel good about things, then you’re also going to start feeling that that is weird and you probably should be racking your brain for something to worry about.
We Make Great Employees
People who have anxiety are more likely to overperform and worry about their performance. We just love making things harder and more complicated than they need to be and then working through it.
There’s A Lot To Consider Here
One thing about anxiety that is really fun is that it makes you vividly relive all the things you’ve done in your life that were embarrassing—sometimes all the way back to preschool.
It Adds Spice To Life
Having anxiety makes it fun and easy to poke fun at yourself for really struggling with your mental health, which isn’t a laughing matter at all, when you think about it.
But For Real, Struggling With Mental Health Sucks
It can be fun and a bit of a relief to laugh at yourself, but in all seriousness, it’s a serious thing and you shouldn’t downplay it and never be afraid to ask for help if you need it. There are a lot of resources out there.