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Have High-Functioning Anxiety? Here’s How To Stop It From Affecting Your Life

Original reporting by: Cleo.com.sg | Adora Wong

Composed on the outside, but crumbling on the inside? You probably have high-functioning anxiety, which means that while you frequently suffer from stress and fear, you’re able to function reasonably well in most, if not all, situations.

But if left unchecked, high-functioning anxiety can impair the quality of both your personal and professional lives. We got Cherlyn Chong, a breakup recovery and dating coach that caters to female professionals, to share five tips on how you can manage it better.

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1. Have complete acceptance of your condition

 

 

First, you should accept that having high-functioning anxiety doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with you. It just means that you have higher levels of anxiety than normal and that’s fine. And because you’re still able to function, you should recognise that you already have the skills to reduce the anxiety if you want to.

Silence and secrecy will only serve to isolate and intensify the effects of your stress. Complete acceptance that your anxiety doesn’t make you any less of a person will eliminate the shame you have of it.

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