I'm a pretty easygoing person, but I have issues with anxiety. This didn't really start until about 1.5 years ago. Even during college and my first couple years of teaching, I didn't have a lot of anxiety. Stress? Yes. But not a lot of anxiety.
I first experienced it when I was given a couple new responsibilities at work. It was overwhelming, and the anxiety set-in. I would feel it every couple of months, but I would get past it after a day or two.
For the past month and a half or so, it's gotten worse. It comes more often and stays longer. I can usually pin-point the cause of it, but sometimes I feel anxious for no reason. For example--today.
Here's a little of what I'm feeling...
- Trouble concentrating
- Blank mind (that's pretty normal for me, though) :)
- Pounding heart (This is the worst. It hurts.)
- Can't breathe
- Upset stomach
- Muscle tension
- Really tired
- Wanting to cry...and eventually following through :)