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People With High-Functioning Anxiety May Appear To Have It All Together, But Here Are Three Key Ways It’s Actually Holding You Back From Achieving Your Goals

You only thrive off the validation of others

When you’re dealing with high-functioning anxiety, you often can’t convince yourself you’re doing a good job with work, school, your relationships, your hobbies, etc., unless someone else tells you that you are.

This is often because people with anxiety often deal with a lot of insecurity and self-doubt, meaning that one of the few ways to get by and not have constant breakdowns is to hear from someone else that they’re doing alright.

This can turn into something toxic and lead to you only doing what other people want you to do instead of marching to the beat of your own drum. How can you achieve your goals if you only focus on pleasing other people?

You struggle to see the big picture

People with high-functioning anxiety often force themselves to only look down a certain path. For instance, they think too much about what they “should” have achieved by now and all the things they haven’t achieved versus taking time to appreciate all the good they’ve done.

Changing your perspective and mindset is key to getting out of this habit. Sure, you can stay focused on something you want but don’t discredit any of the work you’ve done to get it when something goes wrong.

Acknowledge your small victories along with your failures, and remember that you’ve got your entire life to live. Stop stressing the small stuff!

If you’ve had a moment to self-respect and think anxiety may bring you down, take a deep breath and seek help. Reach out to a loved one and make a game plan for how you can begin to get proper help and work through it. You’ve got this!

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