“Did I leave the gas on?” “Did I make an error in my previous email?” “Should have I not said that?”
These are some of the countless thoughts that go on inside an anxious person’s mind. And these worries are alway playing on loop, driving them towards the point of becoming completely petrified of their actions and words. And even if some of these thoughts are what people without anxiety think, anxious people fail to recognise the difference because they are worrying all through the day.
1. “Did I offend them with my words?”
Saying something that could have offended others is a constant worry for people with anxiety. They think their words through carefully but simultaneously fret that they should have simply refrained from saying anything at all.
2. “Does this text read okay?”
Anxious people re-read their texts several times before hitting the send button. They keep re-wording their texts to the point when the final text resembles nothing like the original one. And once they hit send, the worry of getting a reply sets in.
3. “I should have taken the cab to the office today.”
Anxious people dread travelling in public transport. They feel all the eyes are on them. They sense danger at every turn. They feel like they are losing control over their surroundings and it worries them sick.
4. “Shit, what if something goes wrong?”
Having a loved one travelling or falling sick throws some people into the abyss. They can’t stop themselves from thinking the worst. The constant thought that something may go wrong leaves them feeling helpless.