As someone who’s had it for most of my adult life, I know the reality of living with anxiety firsthand.
Sometimes anxiety hits me like a wave when I’m talking to people. Suddenly, my chest feels tight and my breath is short. I start to panic and sweat, and I know that I need fresh air immediately or I might actually puke or pass out.
Sometimes anxiety whispers to me when I’m trying to sleep. It keeps my brain busy as I imagine every worst-case scenario for the week, or what would happen if my closest loved ones passed away. It will play back every embarrassing moment of my life or every time I said something stupid, just because.
Anxiety comes in all shapes and forms, but it also helps to find the humor in it. Here are some of the best tweets that will help you laugh (nervously) about your anxiety:
People with anxiety have a lot of self-awareness:
shu: sticks & stones may break my bones
words will also hurt me
compliments make me uncomfortable
i have social anxiety
im a wreck
— sakuma rei (@sakumazero_bot) September 13, 2017
Maybe too much self-awareness:
— Wholesome Memes (@WholesomeMeme) March 13, 2017
We have a tendency to worry:
I'm worried that I don't worry enough or that I worry too much or omg what if I worry the right amount (unlikely) but don't worry correctly.
— Housewife of Hell (@HousewifeOfHell) July 19, 2017
We worry about the past:
brain: here's a good memory with someone who ended up really hurting you
me: why did you bring me this
brain: just because
— ray (@LUClDITY) April 25, 2016
We worry about the future:
“we need to talk later”
first of all, i have anxiety. tell me now
— Ray Lopez (@Powerful) October 19, 2017
We worry about potential illnesses:
Brain: What disease do you think we have?
— Inappropriate Charm (@LackOfShame) July 17, 2015
We worry about seemingly insignificant interactions:
My grandfather fought in 2 wars & I just had to audibly practice what I was gonna say to the lady at the drive thru bc of my social anxiety.
— jordan (@jordan_stratton) March 16, 2015
We even worry about who our real friends are:
You know when you have friends and then your anxiety is like ARE THEY YOUR FRIENDS THO pic.twitter.com/rz1KwXpS4P
— Gina (@nourishandeat) August 3, 2017
We will worry about literally anything:
me: today is going to be a good day
— Tabir Akhter (@tabir) September 10, 2015
We will even worry about not worrying:
I'm starting to panic about not having a panic attack today
— Toxic is Scary AF (@ToxicProbably) January 15, 2014
But this isn’t how we thought things would turn out:
life problems i anticipated as a child
life problems i did NOT anticipate as a child
– social interactions
— ￼ (@ravenclvws) September 8, 2017
Sometimes anxiety can cloud our judgment:
With anxiety disorder, it can be difficult to know if increased irritation is a symptom–or if everyone around me is just being an asshole.
— Foxy Wine Pocket (@FoxyWinePocket) March 4, 2017
And make it difficult to get over things:
Logic: "Just apologize and explain yourself and everything will be alright."
Anxiety: "LOOK AT WHAT YOU DID!"
— Marloween (@Marlebean) October 20, 2016
Or make it tougher to keep up with current events:
I watch the news when I want my generalized anxiety disorder to be more specific.
— Amy Dillon (@amydillon) November 26, 2014
It definitely makes talking to people a lot more exhausting:
If your groceries don't sit on the kitchen counter for at least half an hour while you detox from having to people, then you're not me.
— ☠Mommy Cusses☠ (@mommy_cusses) November 13, 2016
And makes falling asleep a little more difficult:
Welp. It’s bedtime folks. Let’s get that anxiety ramping up so we can all lay awake in bed for the next few hours to keep us awake.
— It'sReally10Months (@really10months) October 16, 2017
But we don’t like to talk about it:
when ur parents try to get u to open up about ur depression and anxiety pic.twitter.com/1bYrOWKcsB
— nataleigh (@natisnotlame) July 29, 2017
And we definitely don’t want to talk about it on the phone:
Because it can be scary how little control we have over it:
BRAIN: hey whachya doin
ME: nothing just relaxing
BRAIN: would u like to think about all of ur failures
ME: what no
BRAIN: and away we go
— Bob Vulfov (@bobvulfov) March 26, 2017
But at least it becomes a little more predictable over time:
Sorry. Can't. Sunday nights are when I focus my anxieties on several unpleasant hypothetical situations that could happen this week.
— Abby Heugel (@AbbyHasIssues) July 30, 2017
Sometimes anxiety is increased sensitivity. Sometimes it’s a nervous tic. Sometimes it’s obsessive worrying. Sometimes it’s inescapable panic.
Some anxiety is more debilitating than others, but hopefully this helps some anxious people laugh and find some much-needed levity.