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Is it normal to feel more anxious when you're alone?

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Last Updated: 12/09/2020 at 6:12pm
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Top Rated Answers
Outerspace448
December 7th, 2017 11:33am
Yes, some people get their energy from being around other people. In order to make this better, it is important to have a good accepting relationship with yourself.
Anonymous
December 8th, 2017 2:52pm
Yes it is, just occupy yourself with some activities, I'm saying so based on my personal experience
emotionalSailboat9215
December 8th, 2017 5:42pm
Hello there I’m feeling like this right now and it’s driving me insane 😢
mc1529
December 10th, 2017 1:03am
In a lot of cases yes. For me, when I get anxious when I am alone I know it is because I want people to be around me and feel safe around the presence of others. It is certainly normal and you can find the way that is best for you to deal with it and help yourself feel less anxious during alone time.
Anonymous
December 10th, 2017 4:30pm
Yes, this is totally normal! We're given more space to allow our minds to wander over anything and everything. Once we begin to consider one thing, we tend to analyze it further and further until we've driven ourselves to see the negative in given situations. We also tend to jump to negative conclusions over positive. You're not alone!
TeresaGreninja91
December 12th, 2017 3:20am
Yes, of course it’s really normal and natural feeling. It’s okay to feel more anxious when you’re alone. List up the things you’d like to do when you’re anxious, such as grabbing a teddy bear and watching an old movie.
Anonymous
December 13th, 2017 2:38am
I personally feel more anxious when I am alone. I start to think of everything that I did wrong during the day and what could happen. Being alone makes my anxiety worse because I have nothing to distract me from my thoughts.
Skybringslight
December 17th, 2017 7:48am
Yes, it is normal. Often times when we do not have a person there to distract us, our anxious thoughts invade our minds. It can be a terrifying experience and you are not alone in that.
Anonymous
December 20th, 2017 10:33am
Yes because that is when you can start overthinking more and feeling more anxious and panicky you need to try and keep yourself busy even if it's just watching tv or reading.
Anonymous
December 21st, 2017 9:03pm
This is quite common with anxiety. When you are alone, you don't have many distractions that cause you to take your mind off of things, and so it just starts racing with possibilities and scenarios. If you feel anxious when alone, talk to loved ones or play with pets. If that isn't available at the moment, you can also practice your hobbies/talents and listen to music to take your mind off things.
awesomeRose64
December 22nd, 2017 2:31pm
Yes. Being left alone with our thoughts can often be the times when we are most anxious, as it allows us the time to reflect on some of our more unpleasant experiences and/or ponder our worries of the future. Personally, I find spending quality time with a good friend can help alleviate this state of feeling, but it is something I still fall prey to, especially after following an experience in which I feel I may have done something incredibly embarrassing.
shiningWinter54
December 28th, 2017 12:10am
We might want to be careful on how we use the word "normal", because normal is defined as "conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected", and by answering this question with the meaning of normal in mind... I would say that it is not "normal", however, it can be common. Many people have separation anxiety or feel unsafe or insecure when alone.
Dignity
December 30th, 2017 3:12pm
Of course it's normal. Being alone makes people feel stressed out, and that there is nobody there to help them should something happen.
Steviepk
January 3rd, 2018 6:50pm
Yes, I believe most people experience some anxious feeling when alone. Maybe not every time when they are alone, but at least once everyone experiences anxiety when alone.
Amie1992
January 6th, 2018 2:41pm
Yes of course it is! When alone it is generally quiet and no body to speak with, anxiety tends to play on a quiet mind.
Anonymous
January 6th, 2018 3:44pm
Yes, my mind likes to analyze everything, and when I'm by myself, I dwell and spiral fast. But even sitting on the couch with my pets can make me feel not so alone , having a tangible entity near helps me and can distract me from those spirals.
Obstruct
January 19th, 2018 8:19pm
When you're alone I always find your mind overthinks as a way to occupy itself. Everyone has different minds and different bodies, so it definitely isn't abnormal. We all feel anxious at completely different times - we just need to learn about coping mechanisms to make ourselves feel better when we're having some difficulties :) Talk to a listener if you're feeling anxious or alone, and remember to smile!!
Anonymous
January 24th, 2018 3:28pm
Yes in fact so many people feel anxious when there on their own it's more and more common breathing Excerises help alot
Anonymous
February 2nd, 2018 12:03am
I think that sounds pretty normal. Some of us have social anxiety and are more nervous around others, but it's totally reasonable to feel anxious when you're alone.
colourfulWinter10
February 3rd, 2018 5:35pm
It can be, everyone handles anxiety differently. For some people its comforting to be alone and for others its a nightmare. I hope that you feel better. ❤
Anonymous
February 4th, 2018 3:21am
Completely normal for people with anxiety to feel more anxious about things when they are alone. It’s hard and having anxiety is hard
Racheezy
February 4th, 2018 7:54am
Yes. When you are alone, it gives you a chance to ruminate and fixate on negative thoughts that you may be having. It's very hard to get out of so it is important to keep yourself busy and to stay positive.
caringFriend21
February 8th, 2018 1:21pm
Actually, yes! When I am alone, sometimes I think about everything going on in my life and I become ridden with anxiety and have to work to calm myself down.
ConnerAlexzander
February 15th, 2018 6:39pm
Absolutely, when you're alone you have less distractions, and whether you like the person you're with or not, you always feel less scared of an event with someone you know around than you would by yourself.
CalmReader32
February 16th, 2018 1:34am
I believe that it is equally normal to feel anxious at anytime. Whether it is alone or surrounded by a huge group of people. We all have our unique triggers and stressors. Learning how to cope through an anxious moment is the most important goal when it comes to anxiety.
Anonymous
February 21st, 2018 7:09pm
I feel that it is more common when I am alone. Being with people helps to regulate emotions and instills a sense of support and community. Human connection is important! Having said that, it's important that we learn to enjoy our own company and thoughts.
MissesOliver
February 22nd, 2018 8:47am
Most definitely! When we are alone we tend to think more and cause ourselves to become more anxious than normal.
humbledbygrace
February 22nd, 2018 12:38pm
In my experience with anxiety, I find that as I have worked through a lot of my issues, anxious responses are more likely to arise when I am alone. I am not a big socialiser, but I find that if I have someone to talk to when I go shopping, my mind is occupied with conversation, rather than noticing any anxious thoughts/feelings. So, in my case, I fee that it is normal to be more anxious when I am alone. However, when I started having anxiety, I would avoid being with people because I was afraid they wouldn't understand what's happening, so I stayed home a lot and avoided the possibility of being triggered.
Anonymous
February 28th, 2018 12:31am
of course! feeling anxious when we are alone is normal because we were literaly created to have friends and be surrounded by others!
QrowBranwenSTRQ
February 28th, 2018 2:29pm
I think it is normal to feel more anxious when you're alone. It's something about the fact that no one is around to help you or listen to you that brings on feelings of anxiety.