Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience but becomes a mental health problem when someone finds they are feeling this way all or most of the time.
It is to constantly feel dread and always anticipate the worst.
It makes you want to avoid at all costs while also wanting to constantly not avoid with the fear of being further behind than what you already are. It constantly holds you back from the things you want to do or the dreams you want to achieve.
Imagine second guessing, questioning every word you spoke, every answer you received, every action taken, every look given. Remembering every minute, every second of any situation until it's engraved in your mind, recalled as simply as your own name.
Anxiety begins with a spark, one worry leads to more and the dread grows, the spark become a flame.
It is to dwell on every little thing.
What does anxiety feel like?
Anxiety feels like a constant heaviness in your mind.
Imagine a tight knot in your stomach that you can't untwist, an acid eating away at the emptiness, taking away any feelings of hunger.
Imagine feeling trapped in a cyclone of fear and negative thoughts, over analysing, overthinking every little thing. It feels as if your thoughts are uncontrollable, running wild in a million different directions, a never-ending relay as a thought begins to fade the baton is passed on to another and another.
There are times when your thoughts seem like they are in a cloud. Your mind becomes blank and you are no longer mentally present. You have a foggy mind making it difficult to think, concentrate or form thoughts.
Imagine there is a voice in the back of your mind, a voice that becomes your biggest commentator that constantly points out every flaw and every worst scenario in any situation.
Anxiety is to feel everything.
And so, it begins, the battles of the mind.
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