It is understandable that some people use the word anxiety to describe an episode of nervousness or stress. It can also be counterproductive. We get nervous on the day of a big test or job interview or first date. Anxiety, on the other hand, is a common and diagnosable mental disorder that requires treatment.
We all know and love that one person who never seems to say “yes” to our invitations. If they do join in, they are usually the quietest and the first to leave. To some, they appear aloof or perhaps anti-social. But we know better. We know that our friend or family member is doing their best to cope with a social anxiety disorder. They deserve our compassion and…they might be in need of our help!
Even the most outgoing extroverts experience times when they feel bashful. Shyness is a normal and inevitable human emotion. Think of universal situations that take us out of our comfort zones. It might be a first date or a job interview
Anxiety is rooted in rumination or worry about the past or future. The way to stem your racing thoughts is to start expanding your mindfulness moments. Look around, engage your senses. There is likely plenty around to breathe in, focus on and enjoy. Let it distract you from your anxious or negative thoughts.
Do you often feel overly anxious? Are your feelings of stress and worry affecting your everyday life and impacting your ability to live normally? Are you constantly anxious even when you have no reason to feel stressed?
How often do you get caught in a web of your own self-critical thoughts after interacting with people? Can you go on like that for a long time, convinced that how you see yourself must be how others see you too? You’re not alone, many socially anxious people suffer the same cycle of harsh internal perception. The resulting unkind self-talk and self-defeating rumination then serve to keep anxiety high and make your reasons for avoiding interaction seem valid.
Everyday life is tough for a child wrestling with anxiety.If your child is constantly worried, on edge, and upset, life can be tough for you as well. You want more than anything to keep them safe and believe that they feel safe too. Your hope is that they can grow up confident in themselves and their ability to cope with the world.
If you have anxiety, you might dread the idea of going to therapy. After all, anxiety makes you nervous and fearful about things. Many types of anxiety can make you fearful about going to new places, meeting people, talking about yourself, and so forth.
The holidays are supposed to be a beautiful, cozy, wonderful time of year. However, many of us feel lonely during this season. Winter weather, family challenges, and holiday stress can all increase feelings of loneliness.
Do you often answer “busy” when people ask how things are? It can be all too easy to slip into a state of constantly doing more. In fact, you might feel like you never get enough done, even though you seem to be busy all of the time.