Sign 4: They’re Unable To Rest Even When Drained And Exhausted
People suffering from high functioning anxiety disorder perceive the world as a continuous flow of deadlines to be met at any cost. When tired after the office hours, we usually take rest by mentally distance ourselves from all the professional hassles, but that is not the case with these people.
Their mind keeps poking them about the burdens of the next day. This keeps them from getting the minimum mental rest they need to get in order to function as a healthy individual. They always keep thinking about the next day and brood on their upcoming performances. Reason? Same, fear of failure
This level of anxiety somehow makes them feel that they have not performed as per the expectations (which they set up in their own mind by the way) and whether they’d be able to get things done the following day. And since every next day leads to yet another day of toil, the cycle is never ending.
Sign 5: They Take Things Too Seriously, That To Others Are Not A Big Deal
People suffering from high functioning anxiety are deterred by small things. What to others seem very petty, lame or insignificant, can bear enough gravity to suck out all their calm. They always feel that things are not in place and that something needs to be done to fix them.
This keeps them from enjoying the fruits of life. Instead, they always suffer from an internal conflict between satisfaction and restlessness. They want to feel accomplished in every step, no matter how insignificant they seem.
This self-imposed expectation robs them off their mental peace and substitutes it with discontent and misery.
How It Affects Your Health:
High functioning anxiety disorder results in severe health repercussions. Since human emotions and physique are parts of the same continuum of existence, this psychological condition takes no time in taking over the physical health.
Effect 1: Cardiac Issues
High functioning anxiety affects the blood pressure of an individual, thus increasing the chances of heart aches and even failures in extreme cases.
Effect 2: Gastrointestinal Issues
Our stomach, liver and other components engaged in digestive processes need adequate rest and blood supply for proper functioning. But since people suffering from high functioning anxiety disorder are deprived of optimum level of rest, these abdominal components tend to malfunction, often leading to acidity, gastritis, nausea, vomiting, ulcer, etc
Effect 3: Sleep Deprivation
Lack of mental rest leads to chronic sleep deprivation in patients. This results in unwanted drainage of the vital energy necessary to sustain a healthy regular life. Less sleep leads to improper REM cycle, thus disrupting the energy restoration phase.
How To Effectively Deal With Them
Method 1: Face Your Fear
Anxiety is fueled by the fear of failing at certain pursuits. What you can do is challenge the fear by believing in your efficiency. The moment you start acknowledging your performance in everyday life, the more you’ll find this anxiety that has grappled you for so long, slowly fading away. Tell yourself that you have given your best and that you do not feel the slightest of regret or guilt.
Method 2: Get Rid Of The Self Imposed Deadlines.
You’re not here to fulfil expectations, let alone constructing them for yourself. High functioning anxiety stems from these self imposed expectations that literally no one has asked you to fulfil.
By doing this, you’re only manufacturing obligations that leads to poor health and miserable life in general. You keep struggling and striving for results, but never reach the end.
It is a perpetual loop of mental and emotional discontent that can be stopped only if you choose to not fuel them any further.