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What hiding anxiety looks like: Therapist shares

Published on Jun 01, 2023 08:34 PM IST
  • From smiling to hide the pain to fidgeting and distracting ourselves, here are a few ways by which people mask anxiety.
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Masking anxiety can be an extremely difficult process. When we feel that our emotions are not worthy of sharing, we try to hide our anxiety with other emotions. However, anxiety always shows up. Addressing this, Therapist Amber Smith wrote, "Masking anxiety can be so distressing and impact our lives in multiple ways. The more we resist, the worse it may seem to be. Addressing the root of our anxious symptoms and finding new ways to cope may provide relief so that we can stop being controlled by our anxiety." Amber further noted down a few ways by which we try to mask anxiety. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jun 01, 2023 08:34 PM IST

Masking anxiety can be an extremely difficult process. When we feel that our emotions are not worthy of sharing, we try to hide our anxiety with other emotions. However, anxiety always shows up. Addressing this, Therapist Amber Smith wrote, "Masking anxiety can be so distressing and impact our lives in multiple ways. The more we resist, the worse it may seem to be. Addressing the root of our anxious symptoms and finding new ways to cope may provide relief so that we can stop being controlled by our anxiety." Amber further noted down a few ways by which we try to mask anxiety. (Unsplash)

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Trying to smile and hide the pain that we carry is a classic way of masking the anxious feelings that we are having. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jun 01, 2023 08:34 PM IST

Trying to smile and hide the pain that we carry is a classic way of masking the anxious feelings that we are having. (Unsplash)

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We often feel afraid to speak about our emotions and instead choose to be silent. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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We often feel afraid to speak about our emotions and instead choose to be silent. (Unsplash)

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Sometimes anxiety shows up physically when we face nervous movements in the body that are beyond our control, such as fidgeting. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Sometimes anxiety shows up physically when we face nervous movements in the body that are beyond our control, such as fidgeting. (Unsplash)

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Some of us feel anxious to attend situations – hence, we make excuses to isolate ourselves. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Some of us feel anxious to attend situations – hence, we make excuses to isolate ourselves. (Unsplash)

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Distraction is often used to mask anxiety and stop us from facing it. Indulging ourselves in work is a way of hiding anxiety. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Distraction is often used to mask anxiety and stop us from facing it. Indulging ourselves in work is a way of hiding anxiety. (Unsplash)

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We often downplay the emotions that we are facing – we acknowledge it but we refuse to accept how distressing it feels. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jun 01, 2023 08:34 PM IST

We often downplay the emotions that we are facing – we acknowledge it but we refuse to accept how distressing it feels. (Unsplash)

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