May 23, 2022

What Anxiety Looks Like

Many people think that anxiety is just worrying about a job interview or an upcoming project but, it is much more than that. Anxiety could get so severe to the point of an anxiety attack. An anxiety attack is an episode of intense fear or anxiety that could cause physical symptoms. Some physical symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain

Some triggers that could cause an anxiety attack are overworking, a reminder of past trauma, large crowds, conflict, or busy work periods

If you catch yourself in an anxiety attack practice this grounding exercise:

  • 5 things you can see
  • 4 things you can touch
  • 3 things you can hear
  • 2 things you can smell
  • 1 emotion you can feel

source: realdepressionproject

Some people with anxiety are described as being “dramatic” or “rude” for certain things they do but sometimes they can’t control it. For example, when someone cancels plans last minute it is seen as “rude” but for a person with anxiety their symptoms might be setting in and they need a break. If you know someone with anxiety don’t judge or guilt trip them for their behavior. Instead be understanding, caring and reassuring!