Do You Know This Feeling?

Do you know this feeling?  I know it all too well.

Have you ever just been irritated with the world? It feels like nothing you do or say is right. You can tell you have pissed off everyone around you and now you’ve got them in a mood, too.  Your chest is so tight, and it feels like your carrying all the problems in the world on your shoulders.  You just wish someone would give you a hug or ask you what’s wrong, but if they did, you would  probably cry for two days straight.  Do you know this feeling?

Have you ever felt so nervous because there was too much commotion going on around you? You feel like you just need some peace and quite to calm down and unwind from your busy day at work.  You are trying to make supper, but the dogs are fighting and making all kinds of noise, the kids are playing loudly, the TV is on and the volume is up way too high,  and to top it all off, the phone keeps ringing.  You can’t take it anymore, so you start yelling at the dogs, and the kids, and now your whole family is looking at you like you are a crazed maniac. Again, you just wish someone would give you a hug or ask you what’s wrong, but if they did, you would  probably cry for two days straight.  Do you know this feeling?

Have you ever felt so stressed that you caught yourself clenching your teeth, taking shallow breaths in and out because your chest is so tight? Then you realize that you are tightening every muscle in your body and you didn’t even know it? Your muscles are sore for days and someone tells you that you just need to chill out or relax.  And once again, you just wish someone would give you a hug or ask you what’s wrong, but if they did, you would  probably cry for two days straight.  Do you know this feeling?

I know these feelings all too well.  Anxiety sucks.  Not many people understand or know what to say.  It leaves you feeling isolated and guilty.  A hug or caring words would mean so much to someone with anxiety, like me.

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