When people hear Anxiety, they think, “She worries a lot about everything.” But it’s so much more than that. In fact, people with anxiety deal with everyday ‘habits’ that make everything in their life so much harder. Things that they do that they either can’t help or feel like they have no choice but to do. Here are some of mine and other’s habits that care caused by anxiety.
Not keeping in contact
I am so guilty of this. Not because I don’t care, but because things become too much for me. As much as I want to be there for people, sometimes other’s issues become too much for my brain to handle with my issues already being a daily struggle.
This has been a huge habit of mine ever since I was a little girl. I like to rub fabrics on my hands and fingers. Not too sure why I do it, but others have noticed that I do it when my anxiety is really high. I think I do it because my anxiety is an emotional feeling that I can’t control sometimes and doing this gives me a physical feeling that I can control.
Sometimes in a conversation, especially with those I don’t know too well and those who don’t know me, I won’t talk. I will observe instead with the fear that I will say something strange and get that look of judgement. Most of the time, this causes more issues than me speaking and saying something strange.
I tend to pick my lips and and nail beds often. Even if I don’t have dry skin, I will cause dry skin just so I can pick it.
When I do talk, 90% of the time, it’s really fast and I end up stumbling over my words. I fell like when I have something to say, I need to get it all out in one breath because I fear that I will be interrupted or won’t get to finish my thought.
Always being on my phone
I am so guilty of this. I don’t mean to be rude when I do this, but it helps me calm my anxiety or keeps it so my anxiety doesn’t pop up. It’s constant stimulation for me.
I’m not talking about just regular cleaning… I’m talking about cleaning in crevasses with Q-tips. Or constantly cleaning dirt from under my nails. I also get so upset over one thing being put in the wrong spot.
I use to do this a lot (now I just don’t make too many plans) and last minute too. I don’t do it because I don’t like the people I made plans with. My anxiety just gets so bad that it feels impossible to for me to leave my house and go out in public when I feel like that.
Long bathroom breaks
When I go to the bathroom, I tend to stay in there longer than usual just so I can avoid everything- everything that causes me anxiety. It’s kind of like my calm down spot.
Anxiety is so much more than just worrying all the time.
Do you have anxiety or do you have an odd habit that you can’t seem to stop? Let me know in the comments below. It could be a sign of anxiety.