5 Things You Need to Know About People with Anxiety

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Anxiety can sometimes knock us down, coming along at times least expected, paralyzing us to a point where we cannot possibly think clearly, much less act.

Anxiety tells us we have something to fear. Just when we feel like we have it all together, anxiety says yah, but what if….”

What Anxiety Feels Like

Those of us who struggle with anxiety feel exposed as if we were the only ones who didn’t know that we were not at a nude beach.

Just thinking about the tragedy that will most definitely occur if we step outside of our comfort zone for just one minute causes us to lose sleep, have headaches, feel sick, nervous, and scared.

If everyone could see what we feel like on the inside, we might look a person walking around with our skeleton exposed. People would stop and stare, point fingers, run the other way, laugh. All of these things and more are what keep people with anxiety stuck; unable to move forward.

Because of all of these things, we often want to retreat. It is too dangerous in the world. Everyone will know that we have no idea what we are doing. Everyone will be staring at us. We will fumble. We will make fools of ourselves.

there is a bright side to anxiety

Little do people know, and maybe little do you know is that there are misconceptions surrounding people with anxiety.

5 Things to Know About People with Anxiety

  1. They are some of the strongest people
  2. They are some of the bravest people
  3. They are some of the most intuitive people
  4. They are some of the most empathetic people
  5. They are some of the most observant people

You might be thinking, wait. I have anxiety. I am none of these things.

You are wrong.

You are all of these things, you have just been spending so much time trying to fight against your anxiety that you haven’t taken the time to learn from it.

Let me explain

Strong

Strength can be defined as the ability to put forth an effort. It can take great effort just to get out of bed in the morning. Showing up is something the hardest thing to do. People who are anxious do this every day.

Brave

If I was to ask someone to walk into a lion’s den willingly, they probably would call me nuts. People with chronic anxiety do this daily. Anxiety tells us that we are walking into danger every day, yet we do it anyway. If that doesn’t say strength, I don’t know what does.

Intuitive

Intuition is that feeling we get when something is about to happen. It is a double-edged sword for anxious people.

  • On One Hand, anxiety tells us that there is always something to worry about.
  • On the Other Hand, anxious people are self-trained in the art of noticing.

Anxiety gives us false intuition. It is not based on a feeling, it is based on fear. At the same time, because people with anxiety dissect almost every situation, they have developed a keen sense of intuition. They just have not yet learned how to use it.

Anxiety Gives Us False Intuition

Empathy

Anxious people are very in tuned to their feelings. Because of this, they are also very in tuned to others emotion. In fact, they may even be so in tuned to other people that they begin to feel what they are feeling.

Observant

People with anxiety are always looking over their shoulder. They are hyper-aware of facial expressions, body language, and tone of voices. They also know when something looks different than they remember it looking.

While this type of observation is not productive, it does not take away from the ability to observe.

Flipping the Script

The 5 aforementioned qualities may seem like more of a blessing than a curse if they are being used in a way that feeds anxiety. The good news is that with a little bit of help, a little bit of growth mindset, and a little bit of tweaking you can learn to manage your anxiety.

You have the ability to be empowered, inspired, and encouraged. All you have to do is take that first step. You are worth the effort it takes to live an inspired life.

Monica Pitek-Fugedi


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