Living With Anxiety

Sometimes the thought surprises me that someone may not know what its like to have anxiety.

But then again, it’s become such a state of ‘living’ for me, that when I an anxiety-free – even for a moment – that is when I acknowledge what its like and the ways it impacts on my body and mind.

It’s important to note that I’m a high-performing anxiety sufferer, and therefore work best when I’m busy. So you may not exactly pick me as an anxious person, and to be honest, it is in the down moments, or when I don’t have work, that I am at my worst – thus the recent flare up.

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.

Benjamin Franklin

It is also important to note that anxiety can present itself in numerous ways, and is different for everyone, varying in degree and intensity.

Personally, here’s how anxiety can affect me -

  • Sweats – cold, hot, or just sweat!
  • Dry mouth
  • Racing heart
  • Disturbed sleep
  • The urge to sleep, and sleep, and, well, just sleep.
  • Tightening in my gut
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Skin rashes (eczema)
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches
  • Tension – particularly in the neck and shoulders
  • Fatigue
  • The inability to do one thing at a time
  • Concentration issues
  • Doing everything fast
  • Itchy skin
  • Clumsiness
  • Muddled thoughts
  • Nausea
  • Fast, or sporadic breathing
  • Fidgeting
  • Restlessness
  • Stuttering / stammering
  • Forgetfulness
  • Panic attacks

If you feel like you are suffering from anxiety, here’s some things to consider:

  • You are not weird and you are certainly not a freak
  • It is not the end of the world and you are not dying, even though, yes, it can feel like the walls are falling down around you
  • A LOT of people suffer with anxiety in different degrees – you are certainly NOT alone
  • Consult your Doctor for a check up, just in case
  • Don’t consult Doctor Google…that can just increase your anxiety and take your mind off on all kind of tangents
  • Reach out and talk to someone
  • See a councillor
  • If you need to take medication, acknowledge that that is okay
  • Look into meditation
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Give yourself a break and start to say no
  • Take a holiday
  • Allow yourself to rest. If you need to sleep, sleep.
* This is not an extensive list, and what works for one person may not work for you. Remember to do what works for YOU.

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