“I can’t focus, I can’t slow down.” Your mind is racing, and it’s difficult to stay focused or calm. You have trouble falling asleep, and wake up with dread. You wish you could rest, could take a deep breath and feel calm. That’s where anxiety gets in the way. While low amounts of anxiety helps us stay productive, many of us instead feel overburdened with anxiety. We’re restless and worried about what’s happening inside us.
Anxiety can come with shame, like there’s something “wrong” with us, like we’re overreacting. Let’s take a moment to understand what happens for many of us when we struggle with anxiety.