Anxiety can feel like your mind is ten steps ahead, while you’re actually ten steps behind. It may also feel like your to-do list is never ending and the pressure to be perfect is too much.
Not to mention there are constant distractions everywhere you look. Most of us are regularly inundated with information, deadlines, texts, emails, news, and social media on a daily basis. The need to be “on” and productive all the time is extremely overwhelming, and it’s no wonder so many of us struggle to be present and calm.
Your anxiety might involve excessive worrying, fear, or ruminating thoughts. It’s common to go down the rabbit hole of “what if” thinking, which can lead to panic, irritability, restlessness, and feeling on edge. Physically, you might experience a racing heart, shallow breathing, sweating, or shaking. These symptoms can cause problems with sleep, mood, appetite, self-esteem, relationships, and performance in school, sports, or work.