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I’m not suggesting that you want to make an anxious person freak out.
In fact, you should probably try to avoid doing that, if you can. This is not a “how to” guide. Trust me, anxious people will freak out all on their own. They don’t need any help with that.
Sometimes I struggle to think of things to write about. I’ve talked a lot about my mental health and mental health in general. I’ve talked about things you things you should never say to someone with depression and things living with anxiety has taught me and often, when I’m planning those posts, the ideas come from converstions that I have. Like this one.
I was talking to some friends earlier this week about the “daft” things that set off my anxiety. Granted, anxiety is pretty individual and one person’s trigger won’t bother someone else, but I reckon anyone with anxiety will be able to relate to at least some of these.
10 Things Gauranteed to Make an Anxious Person Freak Out
- Feeling smug because you left the house 30 minutes early to avoid being late…. and then getting stuck in traffic.
- Trying to figure out how to tell someone that you can’t do something they asked you to do…. and then they ask you to do something else.
- When someone asks a question, so you answer… and then realise they weren’t talking to you.
- When you’re alone in someone else’s house…. and their phone/doorbell rings.
- Meeting a friend of a friend for the first time… and not knowing whether to go in for a hug or not. And then spending the rest of the night wondering whether you got it wrong.
- Performing a task you’ve done every day for about a hundred years…. but your boss is watching you.
- When you meet someone new and they tell you their name, but you don’t hear them, so you ask again…. and don’t hear it that time either.
- Walking into a room and everyone goes quiet.
- Walking into a room and someone laughs.
- Being reminded of something stupid that you said 6 months ago.
Can you think of any big ones that I’ve missed? I’d love it if you’d leave me a comment below with your “favourites”.