#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike Sheds Light on Anxiety

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Over the weekend, I was feeling anxious. This isn’t surprising, since I have a chronic anxiety disorder. My anxiety tends to heighten when I am sick. I had strep throat, and was lonely and sad. I texted a friend to plan an upcoming trip across the country. When I didn’t hear back from her, I started to worry. What if she was mad at me? Did I somehow offend her and didn’t know it? I decided to tweet about my feelings (as I do sometimes when I am anxious) and used the hashtag #ThisIsWHatAnxietyFeelsLike. People were responsive and supportive. They commiserated with my feelings of being anxious waiting for a friend to text back. It was then that I knew this could grow into something larger. That’s when I decided to open the floor up for other people to share their stories about what anxiety feels like to them.

<p>I invited people to share their stories about living with anxiety. <a href="https://twitter.com/TheSarahFader/status/830500538898747392" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="TheSarahFader on Twitter" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/TheSarahFader/status/830500538898747392" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="0">TheSarahFader on Twitter</a></p>

I invited people to share their stories about living with anxiety. TheSarahFader on Twitter

@TheSarahFader Twitter 2017

The floodgates opened and the anxious thoughts started rolling in. It was inspiring to know that I am not alone in the way that anxiety overwhelms me. Anxiety affects people in a variety of different ways. Anxiety feels different to each individual person.It was refreshing to read about people’s experiences with anxiety. This tweet was a great example of a physiological metaphor exemplifies anxiety:

<p>Here is what anxiety feels like to her. <a href="https://twitter.com/LaLaLaRuex/status/830543381872918528" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="This viral tweet is still making its rounds on Twitter" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/LaLaLaRuex/status/830543381872918528" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="2">This viral tweet is still making its rounds on Twitter</a></p>

Here is what anxiety feels like to her. This viral tweet is still making its rounds on Twitter

#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike Twitter 2017

Or this tweet quoting Carrie Fisher:

<p><a href="https://twitter.com/JoyPearson/status/830515771230924800" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Joy quotes Carrie Fisher while being anxious " data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/JoyPearson/status/830515771230924800" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="3">Joy quotes Carrie Fisher while being anxious </a></p>

Before I knew it there was a burgeoning community of anxious people sharing their thoughts about how anxiety touches their lives. Some tweets were poignant, while others were humorous. I related to so many of them, and anxiously strove to keep up with sharing all of the tweets that used the hashtag. It was a thrilling experience to see so many people connect with this hashtag.

<p>Laura speaks about anxiety</p>

Laura speaks about anxiety

Twitter 2017
<p><a href="https://twitter.com/LindsayBissett/status/830559635387985920" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="We are not weak, we are anxious" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/LindsayBissett/status/830559635387985920" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="4">We are not weak, we are anxious</a></p>

We are not weak, we are anxious

LinsdsayBissett on Twitter
<p><a href="https://twitter.com/soupernic/status/830572125043978240" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Being mentally paralyzed by anxiety" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/soupernic/status/830572125043978240" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="5">Being mentally paralyzed by anxiety</a></p>
<p><a href="https://twitter.com/OutNumberedisMe/status/830637221623508992" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Obsessing about the future" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/OutNumberedisMe/status/830637221623508992" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="6">Obsessing about the future</a></p>

Obsessing about the future

Outnumberedisme on Twitter
<p><a href="https://twitter.com/RealSarahC/status/830511122901917696" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Sobbing anxiously" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/RealSarahC/status/830511122901917696" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="7">Sobbing anxiously</a></p>

Sobbing anxiously

RealSarahC on Twitter
<p><a href="https://twitter.com/katatwell/status/831016252680310784" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="When your boss wants to talk to you " data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/katatwell/status/831016252680310784" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="8">When your boss wants to talk to you </a></p>
<p><a href="https://twitter.com/CulturalSavage/status/830930791399985154" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="When your stomach is killing you" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/CulturalSavage/status/830930791399985154" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="9">When your stomach is killing you</a></p>

When your stomach is killing you

CulturalSavage on Twitter
<p><a href="https://twitter.com/literarilyjess/status/830796356319006721" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="High functioning anxiety exists" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/literarilyjess/status/830796356319006721" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="10">High functioning anxiety exists</a></p>

High functioning anxiety exists

LiterallyJess on Twitter

Some people even wrote blog posts inspired by the hashtag.

<p><a href="https://twitter.com/coco_linell/status/830795977602772992" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Coco blogs about anxiety" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/coco_linell/status/830795977602772992" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="12">Coco blogs about anxiety</a></p>

Coco blogs about anxiety

Coco_linell on Twitter
<p>Melissa overthinks on her blog. <a href="https://twitter.com/MelisLov/status/831149385811640320" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="She&#x27;s probably overthinking this" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/MelisLov/status/831149385811640320" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="13">She's probably overthinking this</a></p>

Melissa overthinks on her blog. She's probably overthinking this

Melissa Lovitz on Twitter
<p><a href="https://twitter.com/bcuzimrussian/status/830610013781630976" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Anxiety is an unwelcome friend" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/bcuzimrussian/status/830610013781630976" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="14">Anxiety is an unwelcome friend</a></p>
<p><a href="https://twitter.com/WriterDann/status/831147458793140226" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Dann wrote a blog post about being anxious" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/WriterDann/status/831147458793140226" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="15">Dann wrote a blog post about being anxious</a></p>

I’m overwhelmed (pun intended) by the support for #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike. I even created a separate Twitter account for it @AnxietyHashtag. Thank you to everyone who participated in this viral anxious movement. I love you all.

<p><a href="https://twitter.com/SchizophrenicNY" target="_blank" role="link" rel="nofollow" class=" js-entry-link cet-external-link" data-vars-item-name="Art by SchizophrenicNY" data-vars-item-type="text" data-vars-unit-name="58a2280de4b0cd37efcfebf6" data-vars-unit-type="buzz_body" data-vars-target-content-id="https://twitter.com/SchizophrenicNY" data-vars-target-content-type="url" data-vars-type="web_external_link" data-vars-subunit-name="article_body" data-vars-subunit-type="component" data-vars-position-in-subunit="17">Art by SchizophrenicNY</a></p>

Art by SchizophrenicNY

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