This article will focus on why you are feeling like something bad is going to happen. The effects of such thinking on your mind and body. Furthermore, the article will also explain how you can challenge such thoughts to lead a healthier lifestyle. The article will also comment on what anxiety is and list down the symptoms of stress too!
I Feel Like Something Bad Is Going To Happen – 3 Reasons Why
Here are 3 reasons why you may feel like something bad is going to happen:
- Past Experiences
- The People Around You
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder – GAD
We will look at these 3 reasons in more detail below!
Sometimes our past experiences impact how we feel right now! This is because we, as human beings, pick up patterns that we have seen and learn them; it is only natural that we recognize those patterns when they occur again. Also, it is natural to assume that if something is following a certain pattern or series of events then the outcome is likely to be the same too!
Hence, our past experiences in the form of events and outcomes may make us feel this way where we constantly think something bad is going to happen!
People have gone through many difficult times and because of those times they are unable to live a happy present life where they can be curious about what will happen rather than assume and ‘know’ the end outcome of things that are occurring.
This often results in people making the wrong decisions in life because they are so scared of trying again and failing that they think it is easier to adopt a known path rather than have some hope and life and actually make an effort.
The People Around You
Company matters a lot! They could be your friends, family or even your coworkers or people you just know from a certain platform or group. Nevertheless, these individuals play a big role in not only helping others see you as a person – people assume you are like those whom you roam with – but also influence the way you talk, walk, think and of course feel!
People can have positive but also negative energy. This negative energy is what contributes to the negative feelings we have such as always feeling something bad is going to happen!
This could occur in many ways. People may actually point out what could go wrong. They will actively state what could go wrong and give different scenarios. However, some people may take a more implicit approach – they will just say things don’t feel right or they may express their dissatisfaction with something. The energy they emit is itself enough to make one feel upset or scared about the future outcomes.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
GAD or Generalized Anxiety Disorder is defined as a condition or disorder where a person has excessive and exaggerated anxiety or worry over everyday things or events to the extent that they are not able to function normally in their daily routine. They have a sense of impending doom where they strongly believe things will go wrong. Hence, they are often worried about things like school, work, family, finances and health and safety.
What is troubling about this disorder is that there is no concrete reason for the worry a person experiences in GAD – they are just concerned that something will go wrong and hence they cannot function effectively. They are in a constant state of anxiety and dread.
Symptoms Of GAD
Here are the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
- Excessive, ongoing worry and tension
- Unrealistic view of problems
- Restlessness or a feeling of being “edgy”
- Feeling of doom
- Muscle tension
- Faster heart rate
- Breathing faster
- Trouble concentrating
- A need to go to the bathroom frequently
- Feeling tired or weak
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Being easily startled
- Trouble swallowing
People with generalized anxiety disorder often also have other anxiety disorders such as panic disorder or phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, clinical depression, or problems with drug or alcohol misuse.
Difference Between Stress And Anxiety – Are They Not The Same?
Stress and anxiety are not the same! Stress encapsulates mental and physical symptoms such as irritability, anger, fatigue, muscle pain, digestive troubles, and difficulty sleeping whereas anxiety refers to the consistent and exaggerated worry or concern someone has. This anxiety may remain even if there is no stressor or true cause in the environment – or in one’s mind for the case!
To clarify the differences between the two, the symptoms of stress have been listed below!
Let us take a look at the symptoms of stress!
According to WebMD, the following symptoms reflect stress:
Emotional symptoms of stress include:
- Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
- Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
- Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
- Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
- Avoiding others
Physical symptoms of stress include:
- Low energy
- Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
- Aches, pains, and tense muscles
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds and infections
- Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
- Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
- Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
Cognitive symptoms of stress include:
- Constant worrying
- Racing thoughts
- Forgetfulness and disorganization
- Inability to focus
- Poor judgment
- Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side
Behavioral symptoms of stress include:
- Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much
- Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
- Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
- Exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing
How Can You Manage Your Anxiety?
According to WebMD, you can engage in the following to reduce or manage GAD:
- A healthy diet
- Getting enough sleep
- Avoiding caffeine
- Avoiding alcohol and other drugs
- Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing
How To Stop Chronic Worrying?
When we worry too much we do either of the following:
- We overcompensate for it and this results in the development of disorders like that of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder where a person remains in a constant state of worry unless they perform certain behaviours.
- We may over avoid the issue that causes our worry. This means we step away from reality and let the problem grow even more!
Here are 4 things we can do to stop our chronic worrying!
Label The Worry
As people who are strong and brave, we need to face our worries by first labelling them. If we cannot define the problem then we will not be able to tackle it effectively! Learn to understand what causes you worry and why.
Stop thinking about what could happen and actually take some practical action and see what actually goes wrong or right for that matter! Decide if you can actually do something about the thing or person or possible event that causes you worry. If you can then clearly define what you can do. If you cannot then clearly define what options you have to reduce the impact of the outcome.
You need to take action! Once you are clear about the do’s and don’ts of a situation and the resources you possess, take concrete action and test yourself.
Talk About It
Whether engaging in pep talk with yourself or joining a group – talking about a problem will make you see it more clearly. Sometimes you realize it is not as big of an issue as you initially defined it and you can actually resolve it. Furthermore, when you talk about it then it becomes more clear to you and it seems easier to find the root cause and take care of it!
This article talked about the reasons why we feel something may go wrong which included having the disorder GAD also known as Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The article not only outlined the symptoms of this disorder but contrasted it with the symptoms of stress so the readers knew the differences between them. The article also highlighted the effects of excessive worrying and how we can deal with it by providing tips and home remedies that work in the long term and help us manage the condition.