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Feelings of Annoyance with Anxiety

Wendy M Yoder, Ph.D.
Feelings of Annoyance with Anxiety

Anxiety isn't just a feeling of fear. It's a host of different negative emotions, each of which contributes to personality changes that can make it harder to interact with people and enjoy your day to day life.

One of those emotional issues is a feeling of annoyance. Many people with anxiety find that they're annoyed much more easily, and this annoyance can cause pressures between you and the people and activities in your life.

Why You Feel So Annoyed

At its core level, the reason that you feel annoyed when you have anxiety is pretty simple - anxiety is annoying. It's something that nags at you each and every day, controlling your thoughts and placing you on edge. There's a reason that anxiety can cause annoyance and anger - you're essentially living a life bombarded with thoughts and emotions that become harder and harder to handle.

The key thing to remember is that being annoyed isn't exactly something that you can just get rid of. Part of it is going to be present when you are forced to deal with stressful issues each and every day.

Everyone gets annoyed for their own specific reasons. Some of the most common examples include:

It should be noted that anxiety also changes your brain chemistry. It causes your brain to actually translate information differently and respond to that information with different emotions than you would if you didn't have anxiety. So, some the feelings of annoyance may actually be due to the way that your mind now responds to the world around it and not necessarily because you're actually irritated for any other reason.

How to Reduce Your Annoyance Level

When you find yourself easily annoyed and you're looking for some relief to improve your relationships with others, a big part of that comes from awareness. You need to constantly remind yourself that anxiety is causing you to become annoyed too easily. That way, when you do become annoyed, you can acknowledge to yourself that it's your anxiety causing it, and avoid any responses that increase your stress and anxiety.

In the meantime, consider the following strategies:

These are the tools that you can use to address your annoyance directly. But, of course, the longer you suffer from anxiety, the more likely you'll still feel very irritable. That's why it's so important to make sure that you take the steps necessary for controlling your anxiety permanently so that you can prevent it from affecting you emotionally.

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