I have a generalized anxiety disorder, and much to my surprise, discovered one of the symptoms is my constant efforts to fit too much into my life. I think I can do it all and do it better than anyone else if it’s my project. I have trouble delegating and letting go when others are perfectly capable. The interesting thing about all of this is my body tries to tell me when I’ve taken on too much. I get an upset stomach and can’t eat. I get such a feeling of anxiousness I can’t think straight. I get headaches too.
Anxiety will make itself known even if you don’t have panic attacks. When I constantly fill my days with nonstop activity and unreasonable deadlines, I raise the stress in my life to an unworkable point. But since I think I can do everything myself, I ignore the physical symptoms and just get more determined to try harder. That creates more stress and so the cycle goes.
If you never take time for yourself and are always pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion, don’t be surprised when you feel anxiety. I know, because I’m dealing with it right now.