4. You Make Fewer Friends To Keep Your Anxiety At Bay
People suffering from anxiety prefer smaller friend circle. Not because they’re socially awkward or something, but because they know that more people increase the anxiety level during interactions.
When you interact with two to three people, you tend to be far less anxious than when in the presence of ten or twenty of them. Critics will argue that it doesn’t matter whether it is two or twenty when talking about friend circle, since no one is uncomfortable in front of friends and close ones, despite their number.
But what they fail to understand is that anxiety doesn’t depend on how close you are to someone. If there’s an interaction, there will be anxiety. Be it a friend or a stranger, sufferers will always be comfortable with smaller friend circle than hanging out with large groups.
5. You Tend To Over Analyze Everything Down To Its Last Atom
It is characteristic of someone suffering from anxiety to brood over the tiniest of things. Even when people consider them of little to no significance, you take things way too seriously. Your mind is always engaged in a tug of war between anxiety and the unwillingness to overthink and complicate issues.
You realize it is nothing but futile to engage yourself in this conflict, but keep falling prey to your anxiety time and again, thus ending up dissecting everything down to its last atom. Since anxiety fuels mental stress, it becomes very difficult for the sufferer to remain calm and tactfully handle every situation.
Thus, your mind triggers an unwanted panic that only propagates anxious thoughts and sensations in you.
6. You dread the future more than anticipate it
To people suffering from anxiety, the future is something to be feared as opposed to something to be anticipated. This happens because the mind of an anxiety patient always tends to process the negative outcomes.
To them, the chances of achieving positive results is always thin, and they somehow live under the impression that negatives always consume the positive, despite all the attempt.
When suffering from chronic anxiety, this bugs the mind day and night, thus distorting the normal thinking pattern of the patient. The ability to relax and remain calm is totally overcome by the fear of the future, thus worsening things.
7. You replay past actions and conversations in your mind
As someone suffering from anxiety, things never go smooth for you. Your mind keeps going back and forth as to what you said or done in the past, even when you’re totally relaxed. Anxiety never gives a warning. It happens all of a sudden.
You’ll find yourself in an episode that starts out of nowhere, and without any reason. This is random and can make you panic. The more you tend to brood on your past actions, the more it weighs down on you. You feel as if the past events are haunting you and trying to warn you about the present and future.
But these episodes are of no help, since the past is already gone, and brooding over it is futile. You know this, but can’t help. While people take lessons from their past and move on, your anxiety keeps you in a perpetual loop of guilt, thus making things all the more difficult.
8. You think it’s always your fault
This is one of the most common anxiety episodes a person goes through and something that has long lasting impact on your psyche. You feel guilty and start blaming yourself for outcomes that you’re totally not responsible for. Even when people try to make you realize that it’s not your doing, you keep pointing fingers at yourself , thus extending the episode.