7 Telltale Signs Your Anxiety Is Spiraling Out of Control

7 Telltale Signs Your Anxiety Is Spiraling Out of Control

Mar 30, 2022, 11:26:55 AM Life and Styles

We all have our fears, and we stress about the littlest things. Sometimes, when the limit of our mental endurance exceeds, we become overwhelmed. So, if that is a common human response, how do you know whether your anxiety is “normal” or whether it is running amok?

Truthfully, anxiety is a natural part of life. But experiencing it frequently and lapsing out of control is not normal as it can take a toll on you - physically and emotionally. Apart from that, anxiety dominates you when you’re debilitated by it and get so caught up in what will happen next that you forget to pay attention to the present.

But all in all, feeling a little anxious is one thing and losing control of yourself is another. So, if you also suffer from anxiety or know someone who does, ensure to be on the look-out for the following red flags:

1 - You are trying to calm yourself with

During the pandemic, many people donned the “Quarantine 15.” It’s a sign of anxiety if you’re stress eating with candy, cakes, cookies, or other foods that are full of sugar. Be aware that while sugar may provide temporary relief, it contributes to anxiety in the long run and makes you fat. According to research, gaining weight decreases your brain’s function and size.

Other than that, some people have become a victim of addiction due to losing their jobs, previous traumas, mental health issues, and whatnot. To calm themselves from the stress caused by such circumstances, many people have turned to drugs and alcohol – which is not good. Therefore, if you find yourself in the same situation, get help immediately. Reach out to a rehab center, such as the Delphi Health Group, and race yourself back to recovery.

2 - You are unable to concentrate

Are you usually so engrossed in your work or anything else that you don’t know where the hours go, but you can’t seem to focus on the tasks at hand? Worry and stress may have gotten to the point where you feel disorganized, overlook simple things, and cannot complete your daily routine. When your work and relationships suffer due to anxiety, it’s time to seek professional help. 

Anxiety can lead to depression, harming your up-close and intimate relationships.

3 - You’re having difficulty catching your breath

If you can’t take a deep breath, you may be concerned about having COVID-19 or the common flu or cold. However, feeling as if you can’t catch your breath is a common symptom of anxiety. Smooth muscle wraps the tree branches in the lungs, and when you’re antsy, those muscles tighten. To cope with this effect, learn diaphragmatic breathing as it can help loosen those lungs’ muscles and allow you to breathe freely again.

Furthermore, here’s a simple but effective breathing technique: Inhale for 3 seconds, hold for at least 1 second, exhale for 5-6 seconds, hold for 1 second. Do this ten times, and you’ll feel more at ease almost immediately.

4 - Overplanning 

Do you constantly second-guess your plans and alternatives? Are you double-checking Samantha’s backpack to ensure she put her Spanish homework in the correct folder? Attempting to exert control over people and stuff around you is most likely a sign of extreme stress and anxiety. Perhaps you are concerned about things that are out of proportion to any negative effects that may occur. 

Whatever the reason might be, worrying is never going to be helpful. So just let whatever happens to happen.

5 - You are always restless

Our bodies’ defensive systems cause anxiety, and muscle tension is one of the side effects of this protective response. You probably might not even be aware that you’re doing it at the time. Still, the consequences will become apparent over time.

If you frequently experience back, jaw, or neck pain, it could be due to chronic muscle tension caused by anxiety. Muscle tension can also lead to feelings of restlessness, making it difficult to sit still or relax. So, stop stressing out and relax. Go out for a walk or do anything that makes you feel good. Stay active and exercise by enrolling in a group exercise class such as Pilates or yoga or creating your class at home with a rented DVD or through YouTube.

6 - Increased difficulties at school or work 

When a person is mentally drowning, it can be difficult to find the motivation to perform as well as previously. Their low motivation and hopelessness (along with difficulty concentrating) can cause even their best efforts to fall short.

A top-of-the-class student who suddenly flames out or a dedicated worker who now barely speaks up anymore— these are all quintessential signs of depression. But they can also be classic signs of anxiety (or burnout).

7 - Physical symptoms that may obstruct your routine

Anxiety frequently causes physical symptoms, but those symptoms pass without much difficulty in most cases. 

However, in severe cases of anxiety, the symptoms become problems in and of themselves. They only seem to worsen the more they are realized, creating a vicious cycle. Anxiety symptoms include headache, numbness, tingling, upset stomach, and heart palpitations. When these symptoms become excessive, they can significantly take a toll on your life.


If any of these telltale symptoms sound familiar, the anxiety you’re experiencing has likely become excessive. And there is no condemnation in that. If you’re experiencing severe anxiety, we guarantee there’s a good reason for it. So please don’t be embarrassed, and don’t dismiss it. You’ll eventually thank yourself in a few months when you’re back in charge and rocking life.

Published by Samantha Brown

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