My Anxiety Affects Family Functioning

My Anxiety Affects Family Functioning

I was diagnosed with anxiety and it has affected nearly every facet of my life since. I struggle with maintaining a job, a social life, and a relationship. My anxiety doesn’t only affect me, though. I have also discovered that my anxiety affects my family’s functioning, too.

How My Anxiety Affects My Family’s Functioning

I’ve heard the phrase « walking on eggshells » a lot from my family, and sometimes my friends. Due to my anxiety disorder, I am a very stressed and tense individual. I carry worries with me for things that may not actually be causing any trouble. This level of stress is contagious, and by having such tumultuous emotions, they spread to my family and friends. This can make them feel like they have to put distance between us so that they don’t have to have their mood ruined. This distance can create communication issues, bonding issues, and general kinks in family functioning. 

It can also mean that they feel as though they have to bend over backward to cater to me and my volatile emotions to keep me calm and appeased. This is what walking on eggshells means, and it isn’t healthy in a relationship for one person to be constantly catering to the other, and a continuation of these events will eventually lead to a strained relationship.

How I Try to Keep My Anxiety from Affecting Family Functioning

I don’t like to cause rifts between family members and myself and try very hard to keep my anxiety disorder from causing problems with my family unit. There are a few ways that I do this.

Firstly, I find that meditating can be a good tool in keeping my emotions balanced. By taking a step back from all of my overthinking and clearing my mind for a few minutes, I can sometimes escape the dangerous thought cycles that feed into my anxiety. 

Secondly, I have found that keeping myself busy is a great way to keep myself from overthinking and descending into anxiety. I know that it can seem like keeping yourself busy and reaching out to do new things can feed into new anxieties, but if you can push through this initial dear and pack your schedule, you’ll be too busy to remember that you’re supposed to be worrying about things.

Lastly, I have found it helpful to seek professional help. By reaching out to people who are trained in psychology and life counseling, I was able to find relatable, applicable advice that fit perfectly into the scope of my own life. It really helped me figure out what I wanted, needed, and had to work for. 

What are some ways that you are able to beat your anxiety disorder and prevent disruption to family functioning? Leave them in the comments down below.

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