7 Poems about Anxiety

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This blog lists various poems about Anxiety by various contemporary poets. 

The blog also briefly explores what anxiety is.

6 Poems about Anxiety

Poems about living with anxiety

Boxed In

By RacinThePen, 2021

Thoughts are bouncing

inside walls I built myself.

How high and how strong they are

well, it’s hard to tell.

But the worries are going

a mile a minute.

Trying to find an escape

but there’s no way in it.

It’s jam packed,

nowhere to go, without any room.

The thought can disappear

or manifest into another-

a different kind of struggle.

What is a thought to do?

Bouncing all over from one to the next.

Your walls are painted different than mine

and covered in opposite text.

Just as I’m stuck in a rut,

the walls begin to grow.

One day I’ll look back

and this turmoil will be ages ago.

Until then, I have to learn to move forward

from all I think I know.

Stuck

By Bluewolf, 2021.

I’m fearful of seeking guidance,

but I can’t navigate this dark maize any longer.

I’m afraid, but of what?

I’m afraid of nothing – afraid that nothing is wrong with me.

Afraid that I’m just a horribly adjusted human

full of fear, anguish and distraction.

Struggling through this life for no reason at all.

So give me your diagnosis,

tell me why I can’t live well, why I’m paralyzed.

Frozen in daily tasks and in envisioning my future.

Why am I slowly drowning in quicksand –

it’s so thick and heavy.

I’ve been ready to fly, for I have wings to soar..

but I’m stuck in the sinking earth instead.

Silent Screams

By Aaron, 2019

This poem by Aaron describes what it is like to live with anxiety, depression, and any other mental illness initially- the loneliness and alienation one feels. 

This poem has been written based on his own experiences before he got the help he needed. 

Silent Screams

Can’t you hear my silent screams?

They are so loud they echo in my dreams.

Behind this face that carries a smile

Lies a dark road that goes on mile after mile.

My silent screams have been going on for years,

But it always falls on so many deaf ears.

How can they hear these silent screams in my mind?

They can’t hear my thoughts if I keep telling them I’m fine.

What can I tell them? These silent screams carry no words.

It’s just feelings of sadness and darkness that come in its herds.

How can I explain so people understand this?

It’s like walking around in a suffocating black mist.

It’s holding on to happiness like holding water in your hands.

It just trickles between your fingers and disappears into the sands.

I can’t explain how this feels; it’s so extreme,

So I hold my mouth shut to cover my silent screams.

Poems that help you cope with anxiety

The Monster

By Olivia M Likens, 2018

This poem by Likens explains some of her story- her life, her struggles, and her life with mental illness, as well as her new life in recovery and better state of mental health. 

The Monster

Dear Anxiety,

When they ask me what I am afraid of,

I lie.

I can never expose you,

never tell the truth about you

for fear of speaking you into existence.

You are my punisher and my captor,

my tormentor, my torturer.

You are the little voice inside of my head

telling me bad, bad things to do to myself,

things I can’t talk about

for fear I’ll forget who I am and turn into you.

You tell me we are one and the same, but I am not you.

I would never hurt a child the way you have hurt me.

I would never tell a young girl she is unlovable,

or fat,

or ugly,

or crazy,

or worthless.

I would never tell her to carve ugly, terrible words into her body,

to hold a flame to her skin,

until she has burned herself so badly that the pain goes out like a light

and her nerves are dead,

just like she should be.

I don’t know why I listen to you

when you force me to my knees in front of the toilet.

When you send me running around the house in a panic,

searching in vain for a pencil sharpener I haven’t already dismantled.

When you tell me the closest to love

I will ever come is sending naked pictures of myself

to disgusting hunters of young prey.

But I am not afraid of them.

I am afraid of the shadows of my mind

of the twisted and warped reality I am living in.

And I scream, because it is all in my head.

I scream because none of it is real.

I scream because you are clawing your way up my throat,

stealing my voice, gouging out my eyes, eating away at the lining of my stomach,

turning my bones to jello and my hair to dust,

destroying, destroying, destroying, destroying, destroying, destroying.

ENOUGH.

I have had ENOUGH. I am not you.

I never was.

I never will be.

This is only a body, and you are only a feeling, and I will rise above.

I am above this, above you, above my thoughts, above it all.

And I will survive.

And I will love me.

And I will not let go.

Sincerely,

Olivia

Breathe

By Tiffaney L. Ganci, 2018

This poem by Ganci is based on her own experiences with anxiety and how she is still trying to cope and recover from her mental illness.

She has written this poem with hope that her support around her has instilled in her as well as the notion that she is not alone in her struggles.

Breathe

Panic, worry, darkness closing in around me.

These are some of the words I could use to describe my anxiety,

but nothing I can say could speak of its entirety,

as I cry internally thinking I’ve lost my sanity.

Doctors, counselors, saying there’s something wrong with me.

My parents telling me to calm down and stop being so crazy.

But how can I calm down when the world around me

is spinning out of control and I can barely see?

Breathe. You will get through this.

You will get through the sleepless nights,

all the internal fights,

and the days that seem right

when the world hits you with all its might.

Breathe. You will get through this.

I know you think I’m overreacting about the silliest little things,

but to me those silly little things seem like the doom the world could bring.

Can’t you see, a spilled glass of milk to you can seems like an earthquake to me.

I know it might be hard to understand my anxiety,

but I hope today I have given you some clarity.

So the next time someone is scared and feels like they can’t breathe,

shaking and crying, unable to see,

don’t tell them they’re overreacting; don’t call them crazy.

Help them realize there is more to life than this misery,

and no matter the doubt inside, they will be who they are meant to be.

Breathe. I will get through this.

Because I know I am more than just my anxiety,

and one day I hope to be free of it entirely.

But until then, I will keep telling myself, quietly,

I am stronger than this. I am stronger than my anxiety.

Signed, Your Mind

By Emma, 2015

This poem written by Emma is an artistic expression of her own perspectives of how it is like to live with mental illness. 

She has used her pen to spread awareness about mental illness and fight stigma through her poems such as this one. 

Signed, Your Mind. 

Get dressed, love.

You’re going to be late.

You look at yourself in the mirror,

The one you really hate.

Put it down, love.

It’s caused you so much pain.

You’re going to do damage.

You don’t want to be called insane.

Stand up, love.

Your tears make you weak.

Wipe off that black mascara,

Proof of sadness upon your cheek.

Take your pills, love.

You must try your very best.

Forget about your dizzy spells,

The tightening in your chest.

Chin up, love.

No one can know your thoughts.

You must act like you’re happy

While your heart just sits and rots.

Smile a little, love.

Let me see those pearly whites.

No one has to know

What you thought about all those nights.

Breathe for me, love.

Your pain won’t be forever.

Take my hand, and I’ll take yours.

We’ll get through this together.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety refers to the body’s natural response to stress and it involves a fear or apprehension of a possible threat. 

It is a normal response that many people have as a mechanism developed to help people survive and it is what triggers our flight or fight response in the face of danger.

However, when there is no apparent threat and this state of apprehension is caused by triggers that are inappropriate to the anxious response or this state persists for more than six months, it could be possible that the anxiety has developed into a disorder or that in its indication of a negative state of well-being. 

Anxiety feels different and it depends on the person experiencing it. Anxiety can manifest in the form of butterflies in your stomach to a racing heart or in more severe cases people feel out of control and experience physical symptoms. 

Some of the symptoms of anxiety include:

  • increased heart rate
  • Excess perspiration
  • Rapid breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Nightmares or sleep terrors
  • Intrusive thoughts about a possible or imagined threat. 

You might also experience anxiety in the form of a panic attack where an individual shows obvious physical and emotional symptoms of anxiety and panic.

Conclusion

This blog listed various poems about Anxiety by various contemporary poets. 

The blog also briefly explored what anxiety is.

FAQ related to anxiety poem

What are symptoms of anxiety?

Common anxiety symptoms include:

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense.
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom.
  • Having an increased heart rate.
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating.
  • Trembling.
  • Feeling weak or tired.
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry.

What causes anxiety?

Some causes of anxiety disorders are:

  • Genetics and biological vulnerability in the family history.
  • Brain chemistry
  • Environmental stress and negative experiences like trauma, loss.
  • Drug withdrawal or misuse
  • Medical conditions.

What does anxiety feel like?

Anxiety often feels like nervousness, restlessness, or being tense. feelings of danger, panic, or dread where your body is on high alert. 

Does anxiety ever go away?

Anxiety does go away with treatment and lifestyle changes however, it is possible that anxiety disorder will re emerge when there is another challenging life situation that the individual faces. 

References

BlueWolf. Allpoetry. Retrieved on 26th January 2022. https://allpoetry.com/Blue_Wolf

RacinThePen. AllPoetry. Retrieved on 26th january 2022. https://allpoetry.com/RacinThePen

Anxiety and Depression poems. Family Friend Poems. Retrieved on 26th January 2022. https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/

Holland.K. Everything You Need to Know About Anxiety. Healthline. Retrieved on 26th January 2022. https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety

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