Anxiety can be tricky to detect sometimes, especially if you aren’t familiar with it.

People suffering from generalized anxiety disorders are often just seen as ‘overly anxious’ or ‘insecure’.

It can affect your daily life and even make performing simple tasks difficult.

While some symptoms like physical shaking and chattering are evident, there are several other subtle signs which often go unnoticed.

Let us take a look at some of these.

  1. Difficulty in Completing Simple Tasks

Some people who suffer from anxiety find it difficult to start or complete certain tasks.

These can be simple ones like finishing an assignment or sending an email. 

In extreme cases, they might even find it hard to do everyday tasks like washing their hair or ironing their clothes.

Very often they are perceived as lazy. In reality, it is hard for them because they feel unnaturally anxious. 

Anxious people tend to procrastinate more often because they don’t want to face the things they have to do.

It is important to provide support and help to such people. Breaking the task into smaller ones and giving them more time will also enable them to approach it more easily.

  1. Zoning Out

If you witness someone getting zoned out a lot, it is possible that they could suffer from anxiety and need the help of professional therapists.

When a person gets overstimulated and anxious about the things happening around them, they tend to go numb and stare into space.

This can also happen during social events where there are huge crowds, excitement and noise.

Anxious people who have gone through traumatic situations also tend to zone out when they witness or hear about similar incidents.

Therapy, journaling, getting proper sleep, exercising and staying off social media are a few things that can help if you zone out frequently.

  1. Being Absent

If a person starts ignoring messages, picking up phone calls or avoiding social situations they could be suffering from anxiety.

They might feel overwhelmed by the messages they get or not know how to respond to any of them properly.

When a person’s anxiety becomes progressively worse, they tend to isolate themselves completely from everyone else.

This includes skipping social events, classes, and hangouts with friends. 

If someone is becoming increasingly absent, the right thing to do is reach out to the person and make sure they are doing okay. 

In serious cases, you should advise them to get professional help.

  1. Struggle With Making Decisions

Do you know someone who always struggles with making decisions?

It can even be simple ones like deciding what to eat or when to make an appointment.

When you are going through something on the inside, it can manifest through the inability to make decisions. 

Decision-making anxiety can affect a person’s daily life and they might feel anxious because of the poor choices they have made in the past.

It is important to take it slow and stay grounded when faced with this kind of anxiety. 

Make a choice based on what you want and don’t be guided by what you fear will happen.

  1. Insecurity

Anxious minds are often the most insecure minds.

However many people overlook extreme insecurity as just insecurity and don’t look at it from a different perspective.

The insecurity can stem from traumatic events or broken relationships. 

Therapy is highly recommended for these people.

  1. Health Issues

Anxiety can affect your physical health along with mental health in some cases.

For example, improper digestion and frequent stomach pains can be a result of anxiety. 

If normal medicines aren’t working it means that there is a deeper issue and this often goes unnoticed.

When you get anxious, you also tend to get stressed and this exerts pressure on the body.

The first step is to get clinically diagnosed. Your doctor will tell you what you need to do after you get your diagnosis.


If practices like journaling, meditation or exercise don’t work, you should get diagnosed to see whether there is a more serious issue.

It should be treated like an actual condition since it has the potential to affect your daily life.

Categories: Health

Nicolas Desjardins

Hello everyone, I am the main writer for SIND Canada. I've been writing articles for more than 12 years and I like sharing my knowledge. I'm currently writing for many websites and newspapers. I always keep myself very informed to give you the best information. All my years as a computer scientist made me become an incredible researcher. You can contact me on our forum or by email at [email protected].