Currently, I am experiencing some intense anxiety. Figures. Anxiety hits people whenever it pleases. For us moms who experience anxiety regularly, we know it not only affects us, but it affects everyone around us, including our kids. While my anxiety is no longer debilitating, for the most part, it’s still hard to handle (and more so on certain days). As such, I feel the need to share with you some of the things every mom with high-functioning anxiety needs you to know.
If you’re wondering what I mean exactly by “high-functioning,” I mean anxiety that doesn’t necessarily affect you in large, obvious way on a daily basis. It can affect you in smaller ways, like giving you a sinking feeling in your stomach when you need to make phone calls or leave your home. It can cause you to drive home instead of a social gathering. It can make it difficult to focus on your work (I’m having this issue as I type). It can keep you up at night with somewhat irrational worries.
However, it doesn’t get so bad that you lose your job due to weeks of missed work because you just can’t leave your home. It isn’t as bad as when your anxiety is so intense it completely destroys your relationships. You can still take care of most “regular life” stuff, but you just have a lot of yucky internal feelings about having to open mail or speak up at meetings or even order a damn pizza. It’s tiring and you want to shake it off, but you can’t. If that all sounds like you, or you know someone who might be going through this, read on.