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Little Things That Give Me Unnecessary Anxiety

I have always been a raging ball of anxiety. Sometimes it’s over things that actually matter, but I find that I have anxiety over some pretty ridiculous everyday things. That said, here are some dumb things that make me anxious  

  1. The little timer when you’re about to lose a Snapchat streak – Streaks are so unnecessary, yet I feel so inclined to keep them. I mean, if we’ve been working on something for 400 days, the fear of losing it can tear you apart.

  2. Putting your money back in your wallet at the cash register – I don’t want to be that annoying person who holds up everyone in lines.

  3. Walking across a full room – Look, I drink a lot of coffee and water (hydrate or die-drate), so I find myself having to pee CONSTANTLY. That said, there have been several times where I’ve had to walk across the classroom to use the bathroom. I feel like everyone’s watching me walk (irrational, I know), but it literally takes me ten minutes to have the nerve to get up.

  4. Ordering pizza – I have to talk on the PHONE? Social interaction? Oh hell no.

  5. Holding a door open for somebody that’s just a little too far behind you – You know when someone is slightly behind you, at a point where it would be rude to not hold the door open for them but it’s also an awkward wait if you do hold it for them? I always hold it open, but the time it takes for them to catch up gives me riveting anxiety.

  6. Making a doctor’s appointment – This is worse than ordering a pizza, it involves social interaction AND adulting. Enough said.

  7. Crossing the street even though the nearest car is 500 feet away – I guess I just have really bad spatial perception, but every time I cross a street I run so I don’t get hit by a car… even if it’s not even close.

  8. When you get left on read – Did I say something wrong? Am I annoying you? I guess I just have this irrational fear of annoying people. Because if I’m being honest, I leave people on read all the time and it’s nothing personal.

  9. When your routine is slightly thrown off – I have always been very routine based. So if I have an extra commitment that doesn’t fit my regular schedule, my stomach is in knots all day.

  10. When you see people you know in the grocery store– It’s not that I don’t want to see people, but I don’t want to see people. The possibility of having to make small talk scares the shit out of me.

                                                          But all that said, try not to let little things drive you crazy. Just laugh them off!

  Kaylen, a Campus Correspondent for HC at Wells, is a senior at Wells College studying Women's and Gender Studies and Psychology.  "Like Ivy, we grew where there was room for us"-Miranda July
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