5 habits that are unnoticed anxiety
To know about the unnoticed we got to know the noticed! So what exactly is this 'anxiety'?
A lot of us have this misconception that anxiety is a characteristic trait of introverts or bashful people but in truth, we are all prone to anxiety. It is a basic reaction to live events like speaking in front of a crowd or taking a final exam, however, if it affects the day-to-day functioning of an individual, that’s when it is
termed as a disorder
To put it plainly,
Anxiety is a future-oriented fear that leads people to avoid certain situations that may trigger or worsen their distress.
The following list can help you identify such habits so you seek the right help from a mental health care professional -
1. Thinking everyone is judging you:
Have you entered a room and felt that everyone in the room is whispering and laughing at you? Or when you are standing in front of a crowd and feel strangely aware of every little physical sensation, like the way you are standing or the texture of your hands? This happens due to your habit of feeling overly conscious and thinking that everyone is secretly judging you.
2. Avoiding eye contact:
People with anxiety tend to avoid eye contact as it may trigger feelings of being scrutinized. This might even be an indirect signal from them that they want to end the conversation and run back to their bubble of indifference to social interaction. Certain situations might be too daunting for them to handle in some cases, so they avoid looking someone in the eye.
3. Not being able to sit still:
You constantly find yourself restless and feel the need to keep yourself busy, doing things to distract you from your emotional turmoil. So if you habitually avoid spending time alone with your thoughts then this might be an indicator of your anxiety. Occupying yourself with numerous tasks with nothing to show for it at the end of the day, pushes you down the rabbit hole of repeating meaningless tasks to avoid your catastrophic thoughts.
4. Feeling you need to be perfect:
The want for perfectionism in people stems from their mindset that they need to be the best to deserve the love that they expect or receive from others. They always feel that there is something that they lack and stay in a constant state of fear that something might go wrong because of them.
5. Saying sorry even if it's not your fault:
This is a common way for people with social anxiety to avoid confrontations and also reflects upon the person's lack of self-confidence. The ones who are overly critical of themselves tend to blame every mishap on them even if they might not have had anything to do with it.
The article is written by Shweta Jha. Shweta Jha is a freelance content writer. She's passionate about women's empowerment, mental health and other social issues. Reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.