As much as people who experience anxiety would like to be able to turn it off or put it on pause, they can’t. Most days their thoughts turn into worries, and their worries in turn consume their thoughts. Their mind is in a constant state of ‘what if?’.

They are generally smiling, outgoing, motivated, working hard, achieving – this is how high functioning anxiety looks like. An individual with high functioning anxiety may appear calm on the outside but feel very anxious inside.

When they are triggered, they tend to push themselves harder to combat the anxiety.

They are naturally high achievers, highly organized, detail oriented, and proactive. Not even that, they are great at hiding their symptoms from others.

The reality is when they are experiencing anxiety, they overthink to the point that makes hard for them to function. Consequently, they overreact and can physically become sweaty or have a pounding heart.

It can be especially hard for those with high functioning anxiety to feel like they can ask for help. They may see mental health treatment as a sign of weakness or failure (remember they are high achievers and constantly seeking for perfection!).

There are many ways to treat high functioning anxiety – from therapy and deep-breathing exercises to life style changes and medication.

I always like to incorporate mindfulness and meditation in my holistic counselling sessions as a natural way to manage and treat anxiety.

The goal of meditation practice is to be aware, observe and notice your thoughts, feelings, and body states without becoming reactive or fused with them. Meditation involves self-regulation and orientation toward the present moment, encouraging deep relaxation, self-acceptance and inner peace.

Anxiety can deeply affect our enjoyment of life. We all deserve to have a life where we can still be productive without compromising our mental health and the life of our loved ones.