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Exposing Misconceptions: Anxiety Is More Than Being Worried

Exposing Misconceptions: Anxiety Is More Than Being Worried

If you suffer from anxiety than you've probably come face to face with one too many individuals who have a complete and total misunderstanding of your day to day struggles. Most people don't understand the true face of anxiety let alone the consequences or what it's truly like to try and walk through life with such a genuinely debilitating condition. There's this idea that coping with anxiety is solely about being worried. I'm sure if you went down to the core of all of the complications you deal with that you could dismiss it all as "worrying," but the truth is really so much more complex. Anxiety is not just worrying, it's more like worrying about everything and letting it control your life and manipulate your decisions and choices. Step into the world of someone with anxiety, walk a few steps in their shoes and see the world through their eyes. Your perspective will surely be permanently altered when you come face to face with their reality. 

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What is anxiety?

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Anxiety is a constant state of worrying and panicking and being on the edge. It’s irrational fears.

- Kirsten Corley 

What happens when you suffer constantly from irrational and debilitating fears?

You don't sleep. When you do sleep, it's restless and filled to the brim with tossing and turning. Your brain doesn't shut off, it won't shut off... it cannot shut off. 

It’s the thoughts you over-think before bedtime and all of your worst fears become a reality in dreams and nightmares.

-Kirsten Corley 

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What is anxiety?

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It's waking up tired, even though your day just started.

Anxiety is learning how to function with sleep deprivation because it took you until 2 am to shut your eyes.

- Kirsten Corley

You beg your brain to stop, you just want it to stop... exhaustion consumes you. 

Anxiety is overcome with exhaustion. 

What is anxiety?

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Anxiety is second guessing everything, even a simple text message conversation with a friend or loved one. You may obsess over the words you type, panic over typos, re-word and re-phrase everything over and over again, answering too fast, and answering too slow. 

Anxiety is the time you spend waiting for an answer as a scenario plays out in your mind of what they could be thinking or are they mad? 

Anxiety is an unanswered text that kills you inside, even though you tell yourself, ‘maybe they’re busy or will answer later.’

- Kirsten Corley

Then comes the excuses, pouring in. It's like you're trying to rationalize every little thing but you're doing it in the most irrational ways possible. 

Anxiety is self-doubt and a lack of confidence both in you, yourself and those around you.

- Kirsten Corley

What is anxiety?

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Anxiety is being hyper aware of everyone and everything. So much so, you can tell if there’s a shift in someone merely by their tone or word choice.

Anxiety is ruining relationships before they even begin. It tells you, ‘you’re wrong, they don’t like you, they’re going to leave.’ Then you jump to conclusions and ruin it.

- Kirsten Corley

What is anxiety?

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In simplicity, anxiety is a lie.

In complexity, so much worse.

Anxiety is the art of deception for people who don’t know you. And for the people who do, it’s a constant stream of phrases like, ‘don’t worry’ or ‘you’re overthinking this’ or ‘relax.’ It’s friends listening to these conclusions you’ve drawn and not really understanding how you got there. But they’re there trying to support you, as things go from bad to worse in your mind.

- Kirsten Corley

What is anxiety?

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Anxiety is doubt. Anxiety is discomfort, assumptions, and regret. 

Anxiety is the fear of failure and striving for perfection. Then beating yourself up when you fall short.

- Kirsten Corley

Anxiety is needing structure but structure never being enough.Anxiety is a constant reminder that you think you're a failure. You believe you'll fail, with your whole heart. It's all encompassing self-hatred. Anxiety is you beating yourself up and relentlessly criticizing yourself, no matter what. It's finding fault in literally everything.

What is anxiety?

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But more than anything anxiety is caring. It’s never wanting to hurt someone’s feelings. It’s never wanting to do something wrong. More than anything, it’s the want and need to simply be accepted and liked. So you try too hard sometimes.

And when you come across friends who begin to understand, they help you through it. Then you realize this might be a battle you face every day but it’s one you won’t have to face alone. 

- Kirsten Corley

You are not alone. You are worthy. Your battle rages on and it's so worth it. Never give up.

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