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25 Seemingly Normal Things That Give Some People Massive Anxiety

Anxiety is a ruthless b*tch. You might be having a jolly good day — hell, there might even be a pep in your step — but all it takes is that one creeping feeling brought on by any seemingly menial task and your whole world is now fraught with nervousness.

Maybe it’s your day to present in front of the class. Maybe your mom is making you call the pizza place tonight. Or maybe it’s something as normal as driving to work that makes you sweat bullets. You’re not alone in your feelings, though. If you ask enough people — you’re sure to find at least seventeen others who dread listening to their voicemails just as much as you do.

And does anyone really LIKE going to the hairdresser?! I mean, it’s basically 30 minutes to an hour and a half of small talk and awkward silences and staring off into the abyss that is your face in the mirror. Oh, the things we do to fix our split ends.

These 25 people can’t do little, everyday things without feeling some intense heart pumping, brow sweating, nervous tick-inducing anxiety:


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Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.