But have you been feeling lightheaded and faint? Dissociated, like you are losing touch with reality? Do you feel strong rushes of energy, then huge crashes where you just want to crawl into bed? And do you constantly seem to have a cold or the flu lately, or have unexplained medical symptoms?
The chemical cocktail released by the brain when anxiety and anxiety attacks throw us into ‘fight or flight’ mode might give us that addictive buzzy high, but it’s also hard on the body. It can stress out the adrenals, leave you dizzy, and mean your immune system is increasingly compromised.
2. Social Life.
Stopped seeing certain friends, because you know they find you overwhelming when you are anxious? Not gone to social events you’d enjoy because you have social anxiety?
Each decision might seem a one off, and you can tell yourself that it’s fine, you’ll get back on track.
You can find colleagues and those you’d like to be friends with just aren’t interested, turned off by the intense or closed off energy and negative thinking anxiety perpetuates. They are unable to see the real you behind the anxiety.
If anxiety in relationships is a huge problem for you, it might stem from childhood. You might have what is known as ‘anxious attachment’, meaning relationships themselves are the root of your anxiety. And the type of person you’ll be romantically attracted to is, sadly, not someone with healthy attachment but someone with ‘avoidant attachment’. Aka, aloof and unavailable.
Do you have ‘verbal diarrhoea’? Does your blabbing affect job interviews, social interactions, and first dates? Wish you could stop, and wondered for a long time why you can’t?
It’s a myth that social anxiety means you are quiet in the corner. For some, it can lead to a type of hyper-arousal, where they are talking too much and being too ‘big’, only to go home afterwards horrified.
Always berating yourself with, “What was I thinking??!!”
Anxiety can seem logical in the moment as it is sharp and strong in our heads. But it’s far from logical.
Instead, anxiety causes distorted thinking. And when you aren’t having distorted thoughts? Anxiety can leave you so exhausted you make poor decisions because you are are simply too tired to think things through.
7. And actually, your finances.
Yes, there is argument that if we are anxious about money itself, we might save more of it. But we might also make poor, anxiety-driven decisions when it comes to investing.