Hey, Psych2Goers! Have you ever questioned whether you have anxiety? Sometimes, anxiety can manifest in ways that are hard to identify. This can include thought patterns and even physical symptoms that you never would have thought are related to anxiety. In this video, we’ll be talking about 5 subtle signs you have anxiety but don’t know about it.
1. You’re always tired
Do you find yourself feeling fatigued throughout the day? Feeling anxious can be exhausting in itself, and it can also cause you to have trouble falling asleep (Lotus Medical Centre, 2022). On the other hand, anxiety can cause you to feel tired even after you’ve gotten a good night’s rest. Keep in mind that although anxiety is related to tiredness and trouble sleeping, it is not the only cause, and there could be other factors involved. Try tracking the quality of your sleep and see if it changes when you’re under stress.
2. You’re disorganized
Do you sometimes feel like the way you operate is disorderly or chaotic? If so, it may be because you have anxiety. Maybe you’re forgetful, lose things often, or have a hard time staying organized at work or school. Even if you’re not aware of it, anxiety can make it hard to concentrate, and in turn make everyday activities more difficult (Raypole, 2021). If you find that you struggle to stay organized, it’s important not to beat yourself up about it. It’s always possible to change these habits, and they may be caused by an underlying issue that isn’t even your fault, like anxiety.
3. You’re on edge and easily frightened
Do you find that you’re easily startled, to the point where you often jump at sudden noises or movements? While it’s totally normal to get startled every once in a while, anxiety can make you more prone to these reactions than when you’re calm. One reason for this is that your fight-or-flight response is more active when you’re in a state of anxiety (Rodriguez, 2020). The next time you get startled, ask yourself: was this a surprising situation, or could anxiety be causing me to feel on edge?
4. You experience unexplained pain or illness
Do you have symptoms like nausea, headaches, or body aches that seem to have no physical explanation? While there are many potential causes for these sensations, they are all recognized symptoms of GAD, or general anxiety disorder (National Institute of Mental Health, 2022). Anxiety is related to digestive upset, and can also make it harder to recover when you get sick (Rodriguez, 2020). Our bodies and minds are deeply connected. Even if you don’t know you have anxiety, your body might be letting you know that something is off. Take some time to check in and listen to what your body is telling you today.
Do you find yourself repetitively thinking about the same thing, such as a problem you’re trying to solve or an embarrassing interaction that you had with someone? If so, you might be engaging in rumination. Rumination is an obsessive pattern of thinking where you contemplate the same thought again and again, to the point where it’s distracting (American Psychological Association, 2022). This could be a subtle sign you have anxiety as rumination is common in people with generalized anxiety disorder. But it may have other causes, and it’s also found in people with OCD and depression. (Raypole, 2021).
Whether you have anxiety or not, it can be beneficial to take note of these subtle signs and reflect on what may be causing them. Remember that feeling anxious is nothing to be ashamed of, and you can always reach out for support when you feel you need it.
Now we want to hear from you, Psych2Goers: have you experienced any of these signs of anxiety? What’s your experience with anxiety? Share in the comments below!
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*Disclaimer: This video is not intended to provide you with a medical diagnosis. If you are concerned about your mental health, we encourage you to seek support and/or consult a healthcare professional.
Anxiety Disorders. (2022, April). National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders
APA Dictionary of Psychology. (2022). American Psychological Association. https://dictionary.apa.org/rumination
Raypole, C. (2021, April 26). Not Worried About Anything in Particular? You Could Still Have ‘Subconscious’ Anxiety. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/subconscious-anxiety
Rodriguez, R. J. (2020, March 25). 8 Unrecognized Signs of Anxiety. Del Ray Beach Psychiatrist. https://www.delraybeachpsychiatrist.com/8-things-you-might-not-realize-are-signs-of-anxiety/
The Subtle Signs Of Anxiety. (2022, May 11). Lotus Medical Centre. https://www.lotusmedicalcentre.com.au/the-subtle-signs-of-anxiety/