Most people who live with anxiety are all too aware of the fact. It’s hard to deny when panic or anxiety attacks strike. Not everyone with anxiety has the obvious signs, however. Some people experience a high functioning anxiety, which causes different things to happen.
People with high functioning anxiety can appear perfectly calm, but their minds are constantly racing with anxious thoughts.
They are often extremely busy, constantly doing something, even unimportant tasks. “Busy work”. Yet, they may ignore important tasks, allowing them to get backed up rather than admitting they need help.
These people hate to be left alone with their own thoughts. They keep busy or surround themselves with people. They also may get lost in TV shows often.
So how do you deal with this type of anxiety?
You learn to ask for help. Yes, it’s hard, but you need to do it anyway. No one can do it all by themselves. Everyone needs help sometimes! There’s no shame in asking for help.
Get proper rest. Functioning on not enough sleep is bad for your health as well as anxiety levels. Being tired makes you even more susceptible to bad anxiety.
Take breaks often so you don’t get exhausted.
Remind yourself that having anxiety doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It means you’re human. It isn’t something of which you need to be ashamed.
You also aren’t a failure if you need medication to manage your anxiety. You wouldn’t feel bad if you needed to take insulin to manage diabetes would you? Then why feel bad for needing anti anxiety medication? Illness often requires medication, whether the illness is physical or mental.