It’s true that both anxiety and worry relate to the future but the similarities end there. One of the key differences between anxiety and worry is that worry is about a single, specific situation, whereas anxiety may impact several situations that fall under a common theme. For example, my anxiety impacts me when I am in the company of new or unfamiliar people.
If you find that you are experiencing anxiety one of the easiest ways of identifying it is by recognizing that you may think everyone can visibly see you are anxious. With worry the sense of everyone seeing you are worried does not feel like a burden but with anxiety thinking others can see your anxiousness is draining and actually feeds into your anxiety. There is a sense that you want to hide it at all costs.
If you think you may be anxious and would like to explore the symptoms of anxiety please read this Monday’s series post, the first of four parts on anxiety.
How often have you been anxious in the past? Does anxiety impact you regularly? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.