One of the most distressing symptoms I suffer with when I'm anxious is blurred vision and a feeling of depersonalization—feeling "out of touch with reality." I become upset about feeling this way, so I end up fueling the anxiety fire:
- Doing certain tasks makes me extremely anxious.
- When I'm so anxious my vision becomes blurry and it's difficult to concentrate.
- I become upset that my vision is blurry and my mind is cloudy, and I fear these symptoms will impact my performance.
- Thus, my anxiety level continues to increase.
I'm trying to take away the power anxiety has over my life. By attempting to label my anxious feelings as "no big deal," I'm hoping their intensity eventually will decrease. This strategy seems to be working, but it's by no means easy.