Motivational Monday: Anxiety has many faces
The Mighty is one of my favorite blogs to follow because of real stories of real people, I was sent this article by a friend and after I read it I wondered how many times I have mistaken someone’s anxiety for anger; I can tell you for sure that this has happened to me. The writer shares that she may snap at coworkers but when I look at my own life, I think my anxiety presents in many ways: anger, laughter, sometimes inappropriate jokes, or hyper-focusing on something. It really shows when I am in a large group of people I don’t know well and I tend to cling to someone – I often use my kids as a distraction and excuse for leaving early. There are many other presentations, but it is different for everyone.
The author describes it this way, “Having anxiety doesn’t just mean being nervous or worrying. When my mind starts racing and I can’t decide which thing to think about, that’s anxiety. When my chest feels like it’s going to explode from pressure, that’s anxiety. When I snap at a co-worker for no reason at all, or I am inexplicably moody, that’s anxiety. When I spend the entire weekend wondering if I’ll be fired for something I said on Friday, that’s anxiety. When I randomly start crying or laughing or jumping up and down, that’s anxiety. When I flake on plans at the last minute, you can bet it’s because of anxiety.”
A little understanding can go a long way for those people in your life that have anxiety, read up on it to see how you can help them.