4. You always need to keep busy
High-functioning anxiety doesn’t cripple a person, on the contrary, it propels the person to be busy with something all the time. Otherwise, all the anxious thoughts will creep in.
This can be especially troubling for introverts who need a considerate amount of downtime to unwind and recharge. They can, in no way, be present in social events regularly. Hence, they keep their minds engaged with work, hobbies, errands, just about anything that distracts them from their thoughts. It gives them a sense of control and makes them feel that they are at the top of things.
5. You’re the face of success
We often think that an anxious person experiences a lack of motivation. But you couldn’t be more wrong about people with high-functioning anxiety, because these people use their anxiousness to propel them towards success. They are over-achievers, very detail-oriented, and love being organized. But there’s no fixed benchmark, the more they achieve, the more they want. It’s never enough.
6. You hate disappointing other people
You simply hate to disappoint others, even if pleasing them means working round the clock and ignoring your own needs. The thought of displeasing others triggers your anxiety, so you’ll rather overwork than make people unhappy. The word “no” doesn’t exist in your dictionary.
7. You have nervous habits
You appear put-together, calm, and composed in public. But your nervous habits, like skin picking, nail-biting, leg shaking, head-scratching, etc., if noticed closely, can give away your secret high-functioning anxiety.
8. You have body aches
Nervous energy can manifest physically as body aches. It is seen that people with high-functioning anxiety have frequent muscle aches and nagging pains in other parts of the body.
9. You avoid intense experiences
You need to stick to your fixed routine to keep anxious thoughts at bay. Stability and routine provide a sense of comfort and peace. So you avoid anything that divulges from your routine and involves intense feelings, like adventure traveling, social gatherings, confrontations- basically anything that can potentially cause emotional discomfort.
10. You engage in a lot of negative self-talk
Is your mind always racing with negative thoughts and you can’t seem to stop it? Do you always focus on the worst-case scenario? These are signs that you are dealing with high-functioning anxiety.
When you’re replaying mistakes and bad incidents in your mind and focusing on the what-ifs, then how will you enjoy the present moment? Sadly, People with high functioning anxiety are filled with negative self-talk. Their inner dialogue is very critical and dark.
11. You are a perfectionist
Being a perfectionist is seen as a positive trait. But for people with high-functioning anxiety, perfectionism works as a coping mechanism and comes at the cost of their mental peace.
You’re constantly pushing yourself to perfect your work and appearance, which no doubt, brings positive results, but people often get into the “all or nothing” mentality. They set unrealistic standards, and upon failing them, begin to criticize themselves.
12. You jabber nervously
Such is the plight of introverts with high-functioning anxiety. Introverts are known to speak less. They usually avoid small-talk and only speak when they have to convey something meaningful. But anxious introverts jibber-jabber in nervous tension and are often mistaken for extroverts.
13. You feel exhausted and stressed out all the time
When your mind is racing with thoughts, it’s natural for you to feel drained out. Anxious introverts don’t sleep well. Even if they do get an adequate amount of sleep, living with constant underlying anxiety tires them out easily. They live with low-level stress and minor annoyances make them feel irritated.