High Achiever Anxiety can sometimes looks like a rapid heart rate, sweaty palms, restlessness and agitation.
Other times anxiety can be:
- Panic if something does not go as predicted
- Obsessing about grades, career or the future
High achievers are often good at hiding their anxiety from others because they can continue to perform well in school and at work.
Sometimes high achievers hang onto their anxiety because they feel it helps them perform well. There are ways to break free from anxiety, and still be able to live a life you are proud of.
Often when high achievers start to feel anxious they double down on their work, trying to numb or distract themselves from anxiety by achieving good results. However, this cycle can lead to chronic anxiety, which can impact your physical health, relationships and overall happiness.
The following techniques are taught in therapy to help high achievers work through their anxiety:
- Learning Self-Compassion to work through the inner critic
- Stepping away from the business that can fuel the anxiety