Do you avoid new situations because you are afraid? Does it seem like you spend more time than you should be worrying about others’ reactions? As a result, have you begun to pull away from relationships in your life?
Throughout the day, you may be dealing with headaches, muscle tension, or an unexplained increase in your heart rate. As your mind cycles through negative thoughts, you can’t seem to shake feelings of unease.
It could be that you are dealing with debilitating panic attacks that leave you feeling as if you can’t breathe, or that your heart is about to beat out of your chest. As your breathing becomes heavier, it can feel impossible to settle yourself down.
Perhaps your performance at school or work is suffering because of the draining emotions of self-doubt. You may be constantly second-guessing your decisions, which contributes to the accumulating strain you feel trying to get through another day.
The endless loop of anxiety you feel only worsens the symptoms you feel each day. As your body reacts to the negative emotions you are feeling, your thoughts and behaviors are negatively impacted in return. It’s a vicious cycle that never seems to ease up, causing you to feel as if you are balancing on a thin rope that could break at any second.
Even worse is the constant feeling that everything needs to be perfect — but when we can’t seem to achieve this ideal, we are often led to believe that we are failing or not worthy.
Just because you are dealing with anxiety by yourself, does not mean you have to try to overcome it on your own.