12 Signs That You Have High-Functioning Anxiety Without Realizing It

Habits help us to keep everything in our special order to get through the day. They can seem normal, as long as they’re not caused by deep fear. If we mention high-functioning anxiety, its symptoms are hard to notice at first and this is what makes it dangerous.

We at Bright Side made a list of 12 common habits that might be caused by anxiety, so you can pause and take a second look at your actions and figure out if they are caused by your own will or a phobia.

1. You eat the same breakfast every morning.

Getting your favorite corn flakes or a granola bar for breakfast can be a perfect way to start the morning. But if you push yourself to eat exactly the same meal at the beginning of each day and the whole idea of switching it up makes you nervous, eventually your food becomes a real torture, not a pleasure.

Try to add some new ingredients to your meal, step-by-step. For example, add some fruit to your granola or add some chocolate sprinkles on your plain toast.

2. You bite your nails.

Anxiety creates a feeling of tension that needs to be released. This tension creates a bunch of stress behaviors. Signs like nail and lip biting or twirling our hair reveal the inner anxiety that our unconscious is trying to get rid of.

3. You have a comforting ritual.

Any kind of a special “routine” that keeps you organized and helps you to stay focused is great. But if daily actions have long turned into something that is too strict and are something you feel the need to constantly do under any circumstances, they are harmful. If any deviation from your routine causes you to have a panic attack, then you should be careful, this can be a sign of high-functioning anxiety.

Try to ease it by changing your rituals on purpose, starting with small things like, for example, not putting the pillow “in exactly the same spot” and completely leaving your bed a mess for a day.

4. You make to-do lists

Lists come in handy if you don’t want to forget something, but making to-do lists non-stop just to cross things off and then adding more “tasks” might be another sign of anxiety. Checklists help us to control our surroundings and for many people have become an essential part of their day. Anyway, this shouldn’t become a thing that makes you freak out if you don’t have one of the planned tasks complete.

5. You don’t notice time passing.

You spend too much time doing things because you are so fixed on your actions: making sure your bed is made perfectly, your hair isn’t out of place, a stack of clothes is arranged by colors and so on. If something is out of order you spend even more time trying to fix it. Being too focused on these things causes you to not notice the time passing and highlights your high level of anxiety.

6. You stay awake the whole night.

It’s late night, you are in bed, the lights are off, it’s warm and cozy… but you still can’t fall asleep. There are a lot of factors that cause sleep loss, but anxiety is definitely one of the main reasons. People who constantly worry about something, have inner struggles, and can’t calm their mind have high-functioning anxiety.

7. You wake up before the alarm.

When a person constantly wakes up too early in the morning it’s called sleep-maintenance insomnia. This can be a common thing since some of us simply need less sleep. At the same time, it can also point at “times of psychological stress when life events are bothering you.”

8. You procrastinate.

Everyone puts some tasks off every once in a while because of laziness, but for people with anxiety, procrastination turns into a habit. While procrastinating, people with high-functioning anxiety make the excuse that “things just go this way,” while the real reason for it is a fear of doing the task wrong or even failing at it.

9. You ask people for advice.

We all turn to our family and friends if we need an advice or some life wisdom, and this is completely normal…if it doesn’t turn into calling and texting everyone around to ask about every small thing that happens to you. The constant need for a helping hand shows that you might have high-functioning anxiety. On the other hand, it might also be a sign of low self-esteem and a fear of making decisions alone, which can be another sign of anxiety.

10. You research everything.

There is no harm in being informed about a symptom of a disease or studying some relationship tips. Unless you start to nervously google everything that happens to you. If your browser history is overloaded with search queries starting from the meaning of tiny red spots on your skin and ending with a bunch of psychological advice from different people, this might prove that you have anxiety.

11. You sit close to the exits.

Nervous people tend to sit next to the doors because it allows them to remain in public while not feeling overwhelmed. But they should be careful, since it’s a sign of anxiety it can easily turn into a full disorder called claustrophobia.

12. You go back home for a double check.

This destructive habit is closely related to obsessive-compulsive disorder since this action contains an element of compulsion. It’s fine if you keep coming back to double check if your iron is unplugged, lights in the bathroom are off, or if your fridge is closed because you are forgetful. But if your mind is constantly filled with the worst case scenario, this can be a sign of anxiety.

Did we mention any of your habits? Which one from the list seems the most extreme for you? How do you ease it? Share with us in the comment section!

Source : https://brightside.me/inspiration-health/12-signs-that-you-have-high-functioning-anxiety-without-realizing-it-652860/

15 Everyday Things You Could Be Allergic to Without Realizing It

According to statistics, up to 30% of adults and 40% of children in the US are allergic to something. And while everybody knows about food, pet, and dust allergies, there are some allergies that are so rare that you have probably never heard about them.

Source : https://brightside.me/inspiration-health/15-everyday-things-you-could-be-allergic-to-without-realizing-it-617260/

Fans Are Finally Realizing Just How Creepy Jake Paul's Dad Really Is

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In Shane Dawson’s latest YouTube series “The Mind of Jake Paul,” he is going deep to try to figure out why social media celeb Jake Paul does what he does.  

Along the way, he spoke with therapist Kati Morton, who discussed at length the topic of sociopaths — and the possibility that many of the famous faces you watch on YouTube might suffer from some sort of personality disorder. Shane also discovered that anti-social personality disorder is more common among first-degree biological relatives, meaning that if you have someone in your family with the disorder, you are more likely to have it. 

So, it was no surprise that fans quickly pointed the finger at Jake and Logan Paul’s dad, Greg Paul, who has been called creepy on more than one occasion. “Damn Jake Paul’s dad is a bigger embarrassment to this city than he is,” one fan tweeted. Another added, “Yeah don’t even get me started on the dad he’s creepier than any of them. He’s definitely adding fuel to the two fires. Because you know he would not be known of if it wasn’t for his boys.” 

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A third asked, “This Shane Dawson thing is so creepy. I’m legit still feeling sad and nervous. Yeeeessssshhhhg take it easy. @jakepaul @LoganPaul confirmed psychopath. But my quest is if it is genetic do u think Jake Paul or Logan Paul got it from his mom or his dad?” While Shane has made it clear that he is not calling Jake a sociopath in his new video series, viewers are convinced something is to blame for Jake’s erratic behavior — and Jake’s family is the focus of Part 3 of the eight-part YouTube doc.

And Greg Paul, aka GP, is just as social-media obsessed as Jake and Logan. With half a million followers on Instagram and nearly 200,000 subscribers on YouTube, the “vlogdad” will do anything for views — even it seems, kiss an underage girl. 

Wait, but did Jake Paul’s dad really kiss an underage girl? 

Two weeks ago, Greg was hacked by a group called Digital Gangsters, who leaked sex tapes allegedly starring the 54-year-old. “We wanted to see how far we could go [with the hack]. We obviously got pretty far,” the hackers told The Daily Dot. “We don’t really like him. We don’t like the Paul’s.”

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Greg denies that there are inappropriate videos of him with minors. “The haters and the hackers spreading rumors that I’ve been with underage women is a bunch of bull, it’s never happened and it’s 100 percent not true. There’s no supporting evidence and there never will be and the reason there never will be is because it never happened,” he said in an Instagram video. “If anybody even tries to say anything to that effect in any way, shape, or form they’re just doing it for views just like they are right now. The other things for you haters, how bad does your life suck? How bad does your life suck? You wake up and you want to throw shade and hate on people you’ve never met, who’ve never done anything to you.” 

However, Shane does feature a clip of Greg kissing a young girl in his series that has made followers really uncomfortable. “How can I unsee what I’ve seen about Jake Paul’s dad,” one fan simply wrote. That clip is actually from a video on Jake’s page titled “Kissing Contest,” where Jake and his dad were competing to see who was the better smoocher. 

In the video, Greg asked for a woman who was over the age of 35, but ultimately settled with a definitely not 30-something Alivia Marie — she was legal at the time, FYI. However, at 21 years old, she was over three decades his minor. And spoiler alert: Greg was the winner. 

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Now, Greg is looking to hire his hackers. “A lot of you guys know I was hacked,” he said while holding a sign that read, ‘My hacker taught me a lot. Please contact me so I can hire you.’ He continued, “But dude, if you’re out there, reach out to me. The guy still has my AOL account. Give back my AOL account. Include your information there, because I want to hire you. We can use your smarts and skillsets in a positive way and probably make you a ton of legit money.”

In the meantime, he’ll probably keep making more videos for the clicks, just like his famous sons. 

Source : https://undefined/entertainment/2018/09/28/DdXht/jake-paul-dad

These 16 Stories About Parents Realizing They Have Ugly Kids Will Make You Laugh-Cry

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Not all kids look like they stepped out of a Johnson & Johnson or Gerber commercial, that’s for sure. But I often wonder, if I were to have an ugly kid, would I be able to tell? Or would my unconditional, all-encompassing love for them skew my perspective, leading me to believe that my slimy frog-looking baby would actually have a chance at a Welsh’s commercial?

I used to think all parents found their children absolutely perfect, but boy was I wrong. People have taken to venting on reddit threads about the moment they realized they had a truly hideous child, and they really don’t sugarcoat it at all. These stories will have you laughing on the floor.

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“I felt kind of bad for the kid…”

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“I gasped in the delivery room. It was so bad.”

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“He has handled it really well.”

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“Like a cross between a monkey and a frog.”

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Our “tiny grumpy Churchill.”

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“We were SHOCKED at how weird she looked.”

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“He got uglier.”

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“A month after he was born, something happened.”

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“I better make enough money to pay for plastic surgery for this one.”

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“My son is hideous.”

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“WTF is that?”

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Interesting strategy, doctor.

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“There’s no way to sugarcoat it”

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“I know our son is ugly but I was hoping my wife wouldn’t notice.”

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“But, all babies look like squashed apples.”

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“NOOOO! AHHHHH”

Source : https://undefined/humor/2018/09/27/Z1HKhrm/ugly-kids

The Excuse That Is Ruining Your Life Without You Even Realizing (Based On Your Zodiac Sign)

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Aries: March 21st – April 19th

I don’t have the time. 

If something is important to you, then you should make time for it. You might be swamped with work, but you can still rearrange your schedule so you have time for your friends, for a relationship, or even for a quick vacation.

Taurus: April 20th – May 20th

The timing isn’t right. 

You cannot keep waiting for the perfect moment — or you will be waiting all your life. If you want to ask someone out or break up with someone or apply for a promotion, do it today. Stop procrastinating.

Gemini: May 21st – June 20th

I’m too tired. 

Stop skipping your workouts. Stop canceling plans with friends. Stop staying home when you could be out, living your life. You can always rest in the morning.

Cancer: June 21st – July 22nd

He is going to change.

If you are being treated poorly, walk away. Your person is not going to change into the version of themselves you have been imagining inside your head. They are never going to reach your standards.

Leo: July 23rd – August 22nd

I don’t want to. 

We all have to do things we aren’t happy about doing. Life is not always easy. It is not always fair. It is not always fun. Unfortunately, you have to force yourself out of your comfort zone once in a while.

Virgo: August 23rd – September 22nd

It’s too risky. 

If the reward is worth the risk, then you should take it. You cannot keep playing it safe. You cannot remain stuck in place when you are supposed to be moving forward at least a little each and every day.

Libra: September 23rd – October 22nd

I’m afraid. 

You are not the only one who gets nervous about major life events (or even tiny ones, like conversations with strangers at the store). Everyone is afraid of something — but only the bravest people push past those fears.

Scorpio: October 23rd – November 21st

My life is fine. 

You should never settle for average. You should never settle for okay. You should strive for excellence. For happiness. For satisfaction.

Sagittarius: November 22nd – December 21st

It’s too difficult. 

Nothing worth having is easy to access. You have to struggle to reach your destination. You have to work your ass off. You are not going to be handed anything.

Capricorn: December 22nd – January 19th

I’m not good enough.

Stop letting your insecurities block your path toward success. Send in that resume. Audition for that part. Apply for your dream position. Text your dream date. Stop holding yourself back.

Aquarius: January 20th – February 18th

I’ll never make it.  

Don’t underestimate yourself. Don’t jump to the worst case scenario. Don’t assume you are going to fail before you even try. Give yourself a fighting chance.

Pisces: February 19th – March 20th

I’ll start tomorrow. 

You cannot keep waiting. You cannot keep putting things off until tomorrow when you could do them today. Be productive. Decide that today is the day you are going to start living the life you have always wanted. TC mark

Source : https://thoughtcatalog.com/holly-riordan/2018/06/the-excuse-that-is-ruining-your-life-without-you-even-realizing-based-on-your-zodiac-sign/