The Best Things in Life are Free
First of all, I hope no one accidentally followed my beauty blog. Being a WordPress newbie, I didn’t realize that whenyou have two blogs under one domain (I am guessing that is the term), one blog is chosen as the main one. Sorry. Any ideas how I could change this?
This post was inspired by a comment on my last post from jennymarie4 (her blog is great), who talked about the struggles of explaining her anxiety to others. I, too, have struggled with this a lot in my life. Anxiety is such a layered and complex experience. It is often hard to put in words. Even more difficult, I found, is the task of trying to sum up the experience in a few sentences to another person.
Moreover, since everyones’ experience with anxiety is so different and singular, reading the symptoms off a medical website to another person is also very limiting . I think, most of us who have anxiety, would agree, it is so much more than those symptoms. That is why, to this day, I still struggle with a “good” explanation.
I tend to usually, just go for the most simple explanation.
It feels like your worst anxiety but multiplied like 10 times. (or a hundred times sometimes)
I think most people are able to connect to this feeling on some level as human beings. However, this explanation can be vague, because every person’s level of anxiety is different and to imagine how that would “feel” is very abstract sometimes.
That is why I often will use analogies. Here is one I use often, inspired by Zoella, a Youtuber, about her experiences with panic attacks and anxiety.
A person with anxiety is similar to a car alarm that will go off even if there is no imminent danger.
I often use this analogy to explain why I am stressed all the time and how I just have an oversensitive car alarm.
Lately, I have also been working on another analogy to explain how anxiety feels every day to me. I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Some of the most symptoms include persistent worry, worrying about worrying, and several physical symptoms (insomnia, upset stomach).
It feels like every single cell in your brain is filled with worry. There is only a small part of your brain that is not consumed by this worry. This small part allows you to continue to function in your daily life. However, the rest of time, your brain is just consumed with one repetitive worry or many worries. When it gets really severe, the small part disappears too, and it becomes impossible to do anything.
This is just my personal experience, but for me GAD, feels like a cloud of worry hanging over me. I can look away for a while, but every time, it still comes back to haunt me.
What wording do you use to describe your anxiety to others? I would love to know.