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How It Feels To Have Anxiety

“I get nervous about everything. Sometimes I literally don't know why I'm anxious. I just am and no one seems to understand that.” – HealthyPlace.com


Anxiety is the intense worry about the anticipation of a future threat. For example, generalized anxiety disorder is excessive anxiety and worry about a number of events or activities.

Sometimes anxiety can be necessary but too much anxiety can be hindering you avoid what triggers you. Any uncomfortable physical, emotional, and thoughts are avoided as well.

People who struggle with anxiety might deal with:

o uncontrollable worry

o difficulty sleeping

o tension in their muscles

o excessive nervousness

o headaches

o loss of appetite


For some physical symptoms of anxiety feel like their heart is beating out of their chest. They feel like they can’t catch their breath or intense chest pains. It also feels like overwhelming thoughts that cloud your mind. The thoughts might be foggy or clear, loud, and negative.

Anxiety might also drive people to avoid things or situations that scare them. When this fear is avoided there is a short sense of relief but then the next time it happens it feels even scarier. It might begin interfering with your day-to-day life when you’re avoiding driving on the interstate, going grocery shopping, or visiting the dentist.

If you feel like some of the above symptoms or descriptions resonate with you please contact your medical provider or

licensed mental health professional.

Until next time, stay motivated.

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