Do you know the signs of high functioning anxiety – and if you are a sufferer? Find out now – and get these 7 tools to help you cope – so you feel less burnout all the time
Anxiety is becoming increasingly common – thanks to the many stresses of modern life. More people than ever are struggling with some kind of anxiety disorder than ever before. And many of these people have what’s called “high functioning anxiety.”
People with high functioning anxiety are doing very well in life – even though they’re stressed beyond belief. They are able to push through their anxiety and accomplish a lot.
They’re usually highly successful, charismatic, driven, confident – and on the outside they even appear calm.
Meanwhile, beneath their impressive exterior, their mind is a battle field for stressful thoughts and fears. They secretly feel burnt out and exhausted – yet are able to continue to function at a high level nonetheless.
It’s also common for high function anxiety sufferers to experience constant fear of failure and regular worrying about what others think of them. These anxieties actually fuel them to work harder and do better – which just creates more stress and overwhelm. Nobody would ever guess these people were suffering from these fears – because they appear so strong, confident, capable.
High-functioning anxiety is challenging to live with. It can lead to exhaustion, burnout, and lots of restless sleeping – which then negatively affects your health, happiness, relationships, and self-esteem.
Can you relate to these characteristics of a person with high functioning anxiety?
If so, no worries! I’m here to help – with tools to better cope with high functioning anxiety!
Meditation can be a very effective tool to help you deal with high functioning anxiety.
Spending a few minutes just focusing on your breathing and being still can help to ease your worries and give your mind a rest from turning over the same problems for hours on end.
So don’t panic if you find it difficult to clear your mind at first.
You could try some guided meditations to help you get the hang of it.
I share some relaxing guided meditations on my NotSalmon TV YouTube channel!
Plus there are Alexa skills with guided meditation to help you learn and relax.
Oh – and here’s a fun Chocolate Meditation – which I think you will love.
Many high functioning anxiety sufferers struggle to get to sleep. If this is you, there are some tricks you can try to relax and encourage a nice, sleepy feeling. .
It might seem old-fashioned, but a good night’s sleep can make a lot of difference to the way you feel.
Exercise is an important part of maintaining good mental health. The endorphins released from exercise help to reduce stress and anxiety.
Find an exercise you enjoy and will stick to.
Anxiety is mostly irrational. If you suffer from high functioning anxiety, you need to remind yourself of this frequently. After all, the thoughts you think become the emotions you feel.
Here’s a free video – called “Make A Worry Appointment” – which shares a research-backed relaxation method from Penn State University.
Try writing your worries down in a journal. Getting your anxious thoughts out onto paper can help you to make better sense of them. Plus you can more readily see how many of your worries are kinda silly and irrational.
If you struggle to talk about your anxiety, then expressing yourself in a journal can be especially helpful.
So, take some time every day to write about how you feel – good or bad.
By finding patterns, you can be better armed to combat your anxiety with tools that work for you.
If you feel like everything has been difficult all week, look back at your journal and remember those moments of happiness. Even if it was just a moment of quiet with a cup of coffee.
Basically, journaling can help you to remember that there are still parts of life that you enjoy, even when things are difficult.
This is classic advice because it works. Bottling up the way you feel is never healthy, and even just admitting that you’re struggling can be a big relief.
Whether you seek professional help through CBT, or choose to just talk to someone you know, letting it out can help.
Of course, you could also choose to talk to a friend or a relative.
But whoever you choose, make sure it is someone who will listen well – without trying to offer advice if you don’t won’t it.
You can also look into peer support programs. Many mental health charities offer free helplines, either over the phone or by email, where you can speak to others who also struggle with anxiety.
If you’re struggling with high functioning anxiety, it might be worth trying an alternative therapy:
Most of these alternative therapies are focused on relaxation in various forms, so work with whatever you find relaxing.
Living with high functioning anxiety can be very difficult. But thankfully, there are many techniques to make things a little easier.
Already this video training has helped many thousands of people to live with more inner peace! Learn more now!