Mental Anxiety


Signs of Mental Anxiety

  • Overthinking (a.k.a. rumination)—focusing on bad experiences or running through a situation repeatedly in your head
  • Feeling like you’re stuck in loops of hypothetical worries – having a lot of ‘what if?’ thoughts
  • Worrying about feeling physically anxious and/or having a panic attack
  • Experiencing racing thoughts, like you can’t switch off
  • Catastrophising—thinking about worst-case scenarios
  • Having a sense of dread and fear
  • Having paranoid thoughts
  • Feeling a sense of unreality (of the self and/or of the world)


Key Differences Between Mental Anxiety and Rational Thinking

Mental Anxiety

Rational Thinking

Rooted in unreality Rooted in reality
Focused on negativity Focused on problem-solving
Avoidance-oriented Action-oriented
Repetitive thought cycles Concise thought cycles
Aversion to uncertainty Acceptance of uncertainty


5 Methods to Reduce Mental Anxiety



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