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.
There is nothing wrong with setting and meeting goals. In fact, it’s great to push yourself to achieve the things you want in life. However, over achievement is a problem if it’s driven by anxiety.
Is your body trying to tell you that it’s rundown? Begging you to swap that afternoon coffee for a nap? Are you reaching for the snooze button over and over again every morning? When we’re exhausted, either physically, mentally, or emotionally, our bodies have many ways of letting us know.
There’s very little in life that we have ultimate control over. The inner workings of our minds and the formulation of our own thoughts, however, should be amongst them. Those who suffer from intrusive thoughts know that this is unfortunately not always the case.
Do you feel paralyzing anxiety in group situations? Do you avoid speaking for fear of embarrassing yourself? Are you turning down social obligations because they make you extremely uncomfortable? Each of these signs indicates that you might be struggling with social anxiety. While it’s common and even beneficial, to feel nervous during particular situations (before an interview, or during a presentation) those with social phobia experience this anxiety in more extreme or upsetting ways.
Anxiety, loneliness, and depression are all thoroughly intertwined. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if your anxious thoughts are causing you to feel lonely, if your loneliness is causing you anxiety, or if your depression is what initiated your anxiety.