This Is What Anxiety Feels Like

Sometimes when you can’t find the words to explain it, someone else can.

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A sore muscle that you can’t place. Only, it’s not a muscle, it’s something internal that’s off–but you need to flex the bad feeling in order to remember what you did to hurt in the first place. Remembering that there is a pit in your stomach and going through the usual suspects: money, health, relationships until you find whatever it is that you’re currently worrying about.

When you identify the object of your misery, you can talk to yourself about it. You might even make a list of why you’re being ridiculous—your fears will never come to fruition—or if they do, what good is worrying about it? But anxiety feels like something you can’t stop, that’s the point. It doesn’t matter how much self talk you engage in, how unlikely your fear is, it keeps gnawing away at you despite all your efforts.

Anxiety feels like trying to stuff…

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About janinerussell

The transition to adulthood; reflecting on the past to create a better future.

One response to “This Is What Anxiety Feels Like”

  1. rilschsea says :

    I struggled with severe panic attacks for about a year and a half………….And how you describe this is perfect…..I havent had one in about 10 years, you can beat them. 🙂

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