How to Know If What You’re Feeling Is Anxiety

Posted by Counseling Wise on March 25, 2019

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health struggles people face. Everyone experiences it from time to time. It’s actually a normal response to certain life events.

But, anxiety can also become so powerful that it starts to negatively affect your life. That’s why it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms.

If you continue to feel anxious and you’re unsure of the reason, your anxiety could actually develop into an anxiety disorder.

So, instead of trying to brush aside your feelings, let’s take a look at a few different ways you can know if what you’re feeling is anxiety.

Worrying Is Difficult to Control

It’s normal to worry about things from time to time. With that said, however, one of the biggest signs of anxiety is experiencing excessive worry.

If you find yourself worrying about things all the time, it could mean that you’re dealing with something bigger.

Anxiety also tends to cause people to have worries that outweigh the events that trigger it. In other words, you may start to think of things in extremes. As a result, something small and relatively minor could cause you to feel overwhelmed with fear.

Again, some worrying is normal. But, if it starts to take over your life, debilitating you in any way—career, relationships overall health—what you’re experiencing is likely anxiety. 

Your Body Goes Into “Fight-or-Flight” Mode

Anxiety also tends to make your nervous system overly sensitive. This can create a variety of different physical and mental symptoms.

Because the nervous system is working so hard, you might experience things like sweaty palms or a racing heart. It’s your body’s response to sensing danger or a threat.

Some people might also feel as though their muscles are tightening. This is also a natural reaction when your body senses danger and is trying to prepare you to defend yourself.

Unfortunately, feeling anxious about something doesn’t always mean there is actual danger involved. So the symptoms can be hard to deal with.

in fact, people suffering from anxiety disorders can experience these symptoms for long periods of time before they finally feel “normal” again.

Concentrating Is a Challenge

Having problems concentrating is one of the most common signs of anxiety. If your mind and body are focused on excessive worry and fear, it’s difficult to focus on anything else.

People with anxiety often have difficulties with their short-term memory. This can affect their daily performance when it comes to problem-solving and simply getting through daily tasks.

As you can imagine, the inability to concentrate can become a huge problem when it comes to focusing on your career or even just holding a conversation with someone.

You Struggle with Sleeping Issues

People dealing with anxiety often have trouble sleeping. This could mean you have a hard time falling asleep. Or, you may get up several times throughout the night. Also, insomnia can be a real problem for people experiencing excessive worry.

It’s unclear exactly how the two issues are connected. Whether anxiety causes insomnia or insomnia causes anxiety isn’t fully known yet.

Nevertheless, the two tend to go hand-in-hand. Many times, when the anxiety is treated, the sleep issues improve.

How to Deal With Anxiety Every Day

If you suspect anxiety to be the culprit of your troubles, it’s important to learn how to manage it. Keep in mind, anxiety doesn’t just go away on its own. However, there are ways to successfully treat and cope with it. Still, you first have to identify it in your life. 

There are many different signs and symptoms to consider. And everyone experiences them differently.

If you are wiling to partner with me to transform your life, please contact me. We can work through the possible underlying causes of what you’re feeling, and develop skills you can use each day to get through your worry, feelings a sense of peace once again.

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About the Therapist

Gay A. Hunter, M.Div., LPC-S, is a licensed professional counselor who graduated from Brite Divinity School at TCU. She is committed to partner with you to transform your life. She owns a private practice in Fort Worth, TX. She specializes in online therapy. She is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. To find out more about Gay click here