While anxiety can be hard to live with, it doesn’t have to be in control of your life. Some people can live life perfectly fine with anxiety and then there are some who can’t. Shamelessly speaking, I used to be one of those people who couldn’t.
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For those who do not know, yes, it is possible for anxiety to take over a person’s life and it doesn’t even have to be visual.
Anxiety isn’t always about being nervous and shy. It is sometimes your mind being in a psychological and mental state of fear but with the absence of danger. It’s a lot of other things too. If you know, then you know!
5 Signs Anxiety Has Taken Over Your Life
1. Increased Negativity
Anxiety has a way of making you think negatively but it can be a bit more intense. Sometimes it can get really bad to where you see no positive in life. Sometimes you may find yourself mad at the world without any reason. Things that don’t normally bother you may begin to irritate you.
Has it been hard for you to be positive about things? It’s okay if your answer is yes. This type of thing happens when anxiety gets in control. I suggest you practice gratitude and mindfulness to help build more of a positive mentality.
Insomnia and anxiety tie together. We all know this. But are you staying up late from racing thoughts and thinking about what-ifs? If you are not getting enough sleep because of anxiety then it is time to make some changes in your life. Our bodies need proper sleep in order to function correctly. Poor sleeping patterns can definitely affect your mental health.
If you feel yourself getting sleepy, try expressing your thoughts in a journal right before bed. Try that or either reading your favorite book until you close your eyes. Cut out screen time and eliminate cell phone use before bed. That will only keep your mind up and awake.
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3. Chronic worrying
This is one of the obvious symptoms of anxiety but it can be intense. If you’re still worrying about something every second of the day even AFTER reassurance, then it is time to ask yourself if anxiety is taking over. Because at that point, it is. If you are always worrying about something, when do you have time to be happy?
No, seriously. When do you have time to be happy? If you have to stop and think, then you know anxiety is interfering with your life big time! Like I said previously, I used to be one of those people. To the point where it was crippling. But in all honesty, I just had to learn that whatever is going to happen in life… it is going to happen and it is all out of my control. I think the problem with us and anxiety is that we want to control what will happen next in life but we just can’t. Life doesn’t work that way.
4. Toxic Behaviors
It is known that anxiety can cause a person to act irrationally. Some toxic behaviors that are caused by anxiety are:
- Narrow-mindedness. You may find yourself labeling others before getting to know them first. Don’t accept only things that you know. Be open to new things.
- Passive aggression. Believe it or not, this behavior can come from fear. Usually people resort to this behavior when they feel their emotional needs are being neglected.
- Self-criticism. You’re self-sabotaging yourself out of self-hate.
All of these are forms of toxicity and need to be changed in order to live a healthier life. But it takes time and patience. Believe that it is possible to change these habits and tell yourself that you will!
5. Lack of Self-esteem
Anyone struggling with anxiety has once in their lives struggled with self-esteem. Anxiety just has its way of doing that. Feeling poorly about yourself 24/7 is a major sign that anxiety has taken over. And no one deserves to feel like that. You should feel beautiful, as you are!
Stop fighting your anxiety. Instead, learn how to co-exist with it
You will start feeling a lot of relief once you learn how to co-exist with your anxiety. For years, all I did was try to fight it and make it go away. Truth is, your anxiety isn’t going anywhere. It’s all about learning to co-exist with it and managing it. That’s the key! The point I am trying to make is, you can have anxiety and still live a healthy and happy life.
If you’ve been experiencing any of these signs lately and it’s pretty intense, then I think it’s safe to say anxiety is winning at the moment. But it doesn’t have to win forever. Trust me on this!
That ongoing battle with anxiety is not a joke and I know exactly what that feels like. I even wrote an ebook on how to put anxiety in its place. I learned so much on how to “tame” my anxiety and I just had to share it with you and everyone else. It was important to me to live in peace again and that is exactly what I regained. Peace.
Here’s one of the reviews I received on my ebook, Regaining Peace:
“This e-book belongs in the digital library of everyone who is struggling with anxiety. I have benefited a lot from Dasia’s advice after reading it. As soon as I begin to feel anxious and start reading this book, my mind immediately calms down. Da’sia understands exactly which tools you need and how to apply them to find your inner peace again. It’s absolutely worth reading. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with the people who need it in this book.”– Angie
I can’t say this enough. It really makes my heart smile knowing that I am helping others from all around the world.
Don’t let anxiety take over your life! You got this!