What Does Anxiety Really Feel Like?

Anxiety has become a big topic among conversations everywhere, and for good reason. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older. Now, people have become so used to the word and many throw it around without really knowing what it means. But what is anxiety really? What does anxiety really feel like?

What Is Anxiety? According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety can be classified into two categories: everyday anxiety and anxiety disorder. Almost everyone experiences everyday anxiety, which includes worrying about landing a job, a breakup, and having a rational fear of something that is seriously dangerous. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities. People who suffer from anxiety disorder tend to also suffer from food addiction and other illnesses due to stress.

What Does Anxiety Feel Like? Just recently, The Mighty did a story on what Anxiety really feels like and posted tweets from people who used the hashtag #thisiswhatanxietyfeelslike. Many of these people’s tweets contained feelings of fear and stress. One tweeter even mentioned how anxiety made them feel like they could actually crawl out of their own skin. These people are afraid to do anything; they’re afraid to leave their houses. This fear causes a huge amount of stress to build up in a way that makes people feel paralyzed and helpless.

How to Cope With Anxiety. There are many ways to cope with anxiety and finding what works depends on the person. Meditation is a simple way to clear your mind of thoughts that might be causing your anxiety. Click here for simple meditation techniques. Another way to cope with anxiety is meal regulation. Watching what you eat and when you eat it keeps your mind and body healthy. Realize that you cannot control everything. Take a step back and look at your anxiety. Is it really as bad as it seems? There are many other coping strategies, and finding the one that works for you might take some time.

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