Things That Only Anxious People Can Relate To

Sai Kardile Jan 10, 2019
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If you are someone who equates a minor headache with brain hemorrhage, or someone who is quick to deduce things impetuously and then spends an eternity ruing over it, then you are definitely not the collected and assured person in the world. You hold a permanent domicile in the eternal purgatory called anxiety.
"Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic."
― Anais Nin
Ever found yourself in an elevator with a stranger, whose mere presence uncorked that bottle which houses those nasty ants of anxiety? Those innocuous and indifferent glances seemed like oblique, ominous stares that shone with a psychopathic glint. Your brows immediately knitted and you felt a lump gathering in your throat.
Those strange eyes seemed to be studying you as if responding in agreement with the dastardly plan machinating in the brain. Those threateningly silenced lips that had remained as a steady, taut line showed signs of movements and formed its first villainy words, "What level is Richardson's ...".
Even before the stranger could complete his sentence, you uttered impulsively "Don't know" and skedaddled with your sweaty body. A few minutes later when you managed to assuage your alarmed self, you realize how you mistook a harmless stranger for a deranged psychopath, and then your asinine assumption begins to haunt you forever.
However, this is just one of the many things that you are prone to do, read ahead for a comprehensive list of things that you as an anxious person is most likely to do.

Familiarity frightens you

When you spot some familiar body moving toward you, you quickly change your track or pretend to have forgotten something and slap your head and walk hurriedly without looking at them. You exhale as they go out of sight.

Solitary isn't your thing

Hearing any kind of sound, something that ranges from the breaking of your own wind to gentle plopping of water in the kitchen sink is enough to convince you of a presence of a poltergeist or a murderer.

And so is spontaneity

You have no idea of the meaning of the word 'spontaneous'; whereas 'on my guard', 'conscious', and 'alert' are the only words that you know and live by.

You are acutely conscious about your surroundings

When you see a group of people laughing amongst themselves, you are instantly induced into believing that you are the butt of their joke, even when you don't know who those people are.

Your brain gets no breather

Your brain is always throbbing with painfully pessimistic ideas, so good you are at painting things in dark tones that sometimes the vast ambit of your negativity surprises you.

Your mind is a muddled maze

You are always lost in the perplexing labyrinths of your mind because of which your expressions look somewhat as shown in the image.

Small talk is not a small thing for you

The prospect of meeting someone gives you cold sweats, because you are not good with the civil bandying of pleasantries with known people, let alone making an effort to initiate small talk with an unknown entity.

When a stranger calls ...

Seeing an unknown number on your phone or missing it makes every part of your body perspire, even from the parts where you didn't know there were sweat glands.

Decision-making is more chaos in the making

Making a decision is like a cruel torture to you because you cannot arrive at a decision before exhausting all hypothetical and a zillion of less likely to happen possibilities. And even after all this, when you finally think you have made one, you change it last-gasp. Aaaahhhh.

Even sleep can bring you no ease

You try to get yourself some 40 winks in the hope that your anxiety-smothered thoughts will stop perverting your brain, but you can't even sleep a wink because those thoughts become more strong as if on steroids.

Your life is larded with unanswered questions

When someone tells you an inspiring story to dispel your fears and anxieties, it immediately boomerangs, as you are then presented with a new source of anxiety of being unsuccessful for the rest of your life.

You don't fancy hearing what you really are

You know how skeptical and pessimistic you are but when someone tells you that, it totally makes you go apes*** over them.

Death is always dirty-dancing in your head

Something that gives even a mild semblance of turbulence while aboard an airplane is sure to make you want to shove your face in the oxygen mask.

Your anxiety takes over you physically

Your body language is always taut, there is a constant flow of commotion from your heart to your stomach, and your eyes are always trying to direct their focus on something but they keep flitting about, because you fear that people can see your fears right through them.

Patience is not one of your virtues

If your friend's request is not accepted or your text message doesn't get the expected reply within 5 minutes, then you are most likely to assume that people hate you.
Anxiety is clearly not the state that you would like to spend the rest of your life into, so you can always try ways to cope with anxiety and break free from the captivity of apprehension.
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