Habits that could be signs of anxiety

Habits that could be signs of

When people hear Anxiety, they think, “She worries a lot about everything.” But it’s so much more than that. In fact, people with anxiety deal with everyday ‘habits’ that make everything in their life so much harder. Things that they do that they either can’t help or feel like they have no choice but to do.  Here are some of mine and other’s habits that care caused by anxiety. 

Not keeping in contact

I am so guilty of this. Not because I don’t care, but because things become too much for me. As much as I want to be there for people, sometimes other’s issues become too much for my brain to handle with my issues already being a daily struggle.

Rubbing fabrics

This has been a huge habit of mine ever since I was a little girl. I like to rub fabrics on my hands and fingers. Not too sure why I do it, but others have noticed that I do it when my anxiety is really high. I think I do it because my anxiety is an emotional feeling that I can’t control sometimes and doing this gives me a physical feeling that I can control. 

Not talking

Sometimes in a conversation, especially with those I don’t know too well and those who don’t know me, I won’t talk. I will observe instead with the fear that I will say something strange and get that look of judgement. Most of the time, this causes more issues than me speaking and saying something strange. 

Picking skin

I tend to pick my lips and and nail beds often. Even if I don’t have dry skin, I will  cause dry skin just so I can pick it. 

Talking fast

When I do talk, 90% of the time, it’s really fast and I end up stumbling over my words. I fell like when I have something to say, I need to get it all out in one breath because I fear that I will be interrupted or won’t get to finish my thought. 


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Always being on my phone

I am so guilty of this. I don’t mean to be rude when I do this, but it helps me calm my anxiety or keeps it so my anxiety doesn’t pop up. It’s constant stimulation for me. 


I’m not talking about just regular cleaning… I’m talking about cleaning in crevasses with Q-tips. Or constantly cleaning dirt from under my nails. I also get so upset over one thing being put in the wrong spot. 

Breaking plans

I use to do this a lot (now I just don’t make too many plans) and last minute too. I don’t do it because I don’t like the people I made plans with. My anxiety just gets so bad that it feels impossible to for me to leave my house and go out in public when I feel like that.

Long bathroom breaks

When I go to the bathroom, I tend to stay in there longer than usual just so I can avoid everything- everything that causes me anxiety. It’s kind of like my calm down spot.  


Anxiety is so much more than just worrying all the time. 

Do you have anxiety or do you have an odd habit that you can’t seem to stop? Let me know in the comments below. It could be a sign of anxiety. 



23 responses to “Habits that could be signs of anxiety”

  1. I am really bad about picking the skin around my nails. I’ve had anxiety for a long time.

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  2. I have many odd habits but I don’t think these are triggered by anything in particular!

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    1. Some just have odd habits. Lol


  3. These are so true. I think being on the phone and also talking fast are two key indicators xx

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  4. I have suffered from anxiety and depression in the past and I know exactly what you are talking about. The thing I used to do the most was canceling plans with friends at the last minute. It got so bad that some of them started getting angry. Thankfully, I still have some friends who were really understanding during those difficult times.

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    1. That’s great that you still have those people in your life who understand what you were dealing with. I tend to just not make too many plans so I don’t have to cancel. Lol


  5. This was informative for me. Some of these habits I wouldn’t have associated with anxiety, like cleaning.

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    1. Everyone has different indictors. I wouldn’t say cleaning is because of anxiety, but how you clean. For me, it’s how organized, down to the last paper clip and then freaking out of things are moved an inch that is anxiety.


  6. savingftkingdoms Avatar

    I know that when I start getting stressed that I’m guilty of a lot those, especially cleaning which at least provides a positive outlet


  7. YEs to so many of these. A lot of them were signs for me that I have anxiety!


  8. Anxiety is so much more complex than most people realize! I only have what I’d consider a “normal” amount of anxiety, but my husband struggles with his. He has recently learned about a lot of things that he likely does because of it.

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  9. Amanda @ All Day Active Life Avatar
    Amanda @ All Day Active Life

    I can definitely tell when I’m feeling more anxiety about something because I tend to pick at my cuticles. It’s a habit I’ve had ever since I was a little girl. These are all really interesting signs that I don’t hear about too often. Great post!

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    1. I do that too. I started getting my nails done which makes me pick them way less. Lol had to do something, my cuticles were looking like raw hamburger meat.


  10. I never would have associated some of these with anxiety. I do a few, such as talking too fast but at the same time not wanting to talk to people. It’s an odd combination.


  11. I have some of these quirks like talking too fast and breaking plans. I never gave it much thought that it could be anxiety. Thanks for sharing this with us!



  12. Guilty as charged! I deal with anxiety before trips by deep cleaning the house. It’s comforting to know I’m not alone.


  13. sundaymorningwithsandy.com Avatar

    Very interesting. I see some of this in my daughter and at 19, she is always unplugging because the phone gives her stress. I do know she gets anxious, but I never really say has anxiety. She plays with her hair and does talk fast but is very social. Going to keep an eye on these things! Thanks – great post!

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    1. These can be in anyone and not have anxiety. They could be signs of it though. It took me a while to realize that it was actually anxiety for me. Thank you for reading. 🙂

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  15. So interesting, I do a lot of these. I guess I never checked to see if it was a correlation to higher anxiety times. I just got done with a 21 day social media break, because I needed to unplug from a lot. It helped me so much!

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    1. Stepping away from social media for a while can help so much! I need to do that, but I can’t seem to part with my blog.


      1. I actually started my blog as part of the social media break, writing is cathartic for me.

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