Anxiety can be one of the nastiest feelings a person experiences regularly. It makes you second-guess everything, it makes you doubt yourself, it clouds your judgment and can even cause full-blown panic attacks where you think you’re dying, even though you’re completely fine.

While it manifests in everyone differently, there are some common habits people with anxiety experience together--even if they don’t immediately know that they’re because of anxiety.

Here are six habits you may be doing because of your anxiety:

Waking up early, even when you want to sleep in

People with anxiety know that getting enough sleep can be a tough battle to win. An anxious mind is constantly churning, it never slows down. Because of this, you often find yourself waking up early so you can have some chance at accomplishing all of the things you are incessantly worrying about.

Sleeping in is a nice idea, and you might get close sometimes, but once you’re awake your brain takes over, making it hard to forget about the weight of anxiety that is always pressing you to do something about it.

You avoid going out with friends, even when you’re excited about doing it

How many times do you make plans with friends only to flake out because you’re scared of what’s going to happen? You start thinking about everything that could go wrong, how staying at home is much less complicated and exhausting, and how people won’t have to worry about you if you’re not there. So, you decide it’s in your best interest to just play it safe and not deal with any of it.

You never think about the best-case scenarios, only the worst-case scenarios

Anxiety is that voice in your head telling you everything bad in the world is going to happen to you no matter what. It’s telling you that a deer is going to jump in front of your car as you drive to your friend’s house, it’s telling you that your cold is actually a terminal illness and you’re on your way out--it never has anything good to say, but it does a great job of inspiring fear within you.

You regularly bring up old mistakes in your mind and remind yourself how terrible you are

Anxiety is something that takes hold of you by forcing you to not live in the present. Anxiety thrives in the future and in the past, where the most uncertainty once existed and continues to exist. Anxiety makes sure you never forget about the mistakes you’ve made in life, even when they’re small and insignificant. It also never lets you forget about all of the mistakes you could potentially make in the future.

You’re constantly going over everyday conversations, thinking you said something wrong

You naturally like to avoid conflict with people because your anxiety tends to skyrocket when doing so, which leads you to over-analyzing everything you’ve said to everyone throughout your day, trying to figure out whether or not what you said was terrible or alright. The person you were talking to seemed to like the conversation just fine, but are they secretly hiding the fact that they hate talking to you? What did you say to upset them? Why don’t they like you?

It’s your anxiety thinking for you.

You regularly compare where you are in life to people who are similar in age to you

Social media can be a nightmare for people with anxiety. People only ever post about all of the great things happening in their lives, so it’s normal to only ever see things like your friends getting a great new job, getting married to the love of their life, or going on some amazing trip that you would love to do yourself. Anxiety has you constantly worrying about your own life and whether or not it will ever be what you want it to be.

h/t ThoughtCatalog

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'Blind' Stray Cat Found to Have Beautiful Eyes After Being Rescued

It’s not easy being a stray animal. Your meals come as often as they go, your trips to the vet are few and far in between (if any), and you have to deal with diseases like mange.

This is Cotton, a stray cat who was thought to be blind because the skin disease he was suffering from had literally swollen his eyes shut. Cotton was discovered in the streets of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, after the hungry cat “came out of nowhere” in hopes of snagging some of the food a man had put out for his own cat.

The man said Cotton appeared to be “very hungry, like if he had not eaten in days.” The man took to social media to see if anyone would be willing to help Cotton out and give him some much needed TLC. Luckily, Carmen Weinberg, founder of Animal Friends Project, saw the post and decided to take him in, at least until he was healthy enough to find a permanent home.

“Early the next morning, I drove to pick him up. I took him immediately to my vet… and they confirmed that he was suffering from mange.”

It was only after Cotton was eating normally again and his mange started to clear up that Cotton’s stunning eyes were revealed. One blue one and one yellow one, staring lovingly out at the world around him.

“Little by little he started to gain weight. It was a nice surprise to see that he had one blue eye and one yellow eye. His hair started to grow again…”

Now, all that’s left on Carmen’s mind is finding Cotton a home deserving of such a loving cat who ‘likes to be wherever you are.’

Who else wants to take Cotton home?

Please share with friends and loved ones who would love to hear Cotton’s tale!

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This Giant Canada Lynx Makes An Adorable Noise When Given Head Rubs

It’s often said that a cat is a cat regardless of how big it is, and that seems to certainly be true when it comes to Max the Canada Lynx!

Cats are known for making a subtle rumbling noise when they’re happy and content, known as purring, and it turns out that the big ones do so as well. Give them a nice head rub, scratch their ears and cheeks, and you’ll have a purring machine in no time.

Except Max’s purr sounds a little different than the purring you’re used to. Because he’s a much larger cat, his purr sounds more like an small engine running than any type of cat. Watch as Max receives some TLC and starts purring like you’ve never heard before.

Bernadette Hoffman is Max’s caretaker, and while he isn’t fully tame, he also isn’t exactly wild. Max was born in captivity at a zoo, but was eventually rescued by Bernadette and taken to her home in upstate New York where she houses him in both indoor and outdoor enclosures.

In fact, Max helps Bernadette run her wildlife education program as an education animal ambassador. Her program visits school children and public events to help educate people on the protection of the Earth and all of the endangered species that also call our planet home.

Source: Max Canada Lynx - I'm a Big Baby by socialsupplies on Rumble

In March of 2002, the Canada Lynx made the endangered species list after a combination of hunters and loss of habitat caused their population numbers to dwindle.

Check out this big cuddly cat and then share with friends and loved ones who would also love to see what a big cat purrs like!

h/t SunGazing

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THIS Is What Happens When a Rabbi, a Priest and an Atheist Smoke Cannabis Together

Marijuana is, and probably has been, one of the most controversial drugs to ever be consumed by man, especially in the modern era. The substance has been illegal for decades, even though people have always used it recreationally, regardless of any type of authoritative entity telling them not to.

If you’ve smoked weed before, you know that it’s not a dangerous, life-altering substance that will have you out on the streets overnight without a job. If you’ve never smoked weed before, you might think that it’s fairly dangerous.

Either way, this footage of a priest, a rabbi and an atheist smoking weed together says more about the substance than anyone ever could.

Watch as these three men, who all come from different backgrounds, light up a joint and take a few bong rips before discussing major topics such as life, God and religion--managing to do so in a peaceful, tolerant, open and accepting way.

Even if you take nothing away from the conversations being had, you can at least tell people that you’ve seen a priest, a rabbi and an atheist smoke weed together!

Please share with friends and family who would also love to watch this spectacular event!

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Mysterious Whale 'Super-Groups' Discovered Off Coast of South Africa

Humpback whales aren’t known for being social butterflies of the ocean. In fact, they tend to be introverted and somewhat isolated, traveling in small packs that rarely ever go over seven individuals. Which is why researchers aren’t exactly sure what to make of the mysteriously large number of whales that have been discovered off the southwest coast of South Africa in the past few years.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” says Ken Findlay, lead researcher out of Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa.

In the years of 2011, 2014 and 2015, at least 22 sightings of humpback whale ‘super-groups’ were reported by research vessels. That’s not including the numerous other sightings by public entities traveling the region.

"[W]e propose that the 'super-group' feeding phenomenon (as tightly spaced large groups of whales) is a relatively recent behaviour exhibited by these whales," says Findlay and his team.

"[N]o such dense feeding aggregations have been reported elsewhere in low or mid latitudes during Southern Hemisphere humpback whale migrations. Indeed, aggregations of whales of this size have seldom been reported in the literature, with 'large' groups often numbering in the range of 10 to 20 or less."

Oddly enough, it’s not just the large packs of whales that is mysterious--it’s also the fact that they’re near South Africa at a time when they’re typically feeding in the polar regions of Antarctica.

Researchers aren’t 100 percent sure what the true reason behind this strange behavior is, but they have a few theories floating around. The first one being that it could be due to changes in ocean conditions that are subsequently altering the amount of food that is available. The other one being that the population of humpback whales is rising.

Humpback whales were seen to gather around the coasts of South Africa back in 1914 when their population numbers were incredibly high, leading researchers to ponder whether or not they are simply reverting back to an old feeding pattern that was seen before the whaling industry killed off a majority of the creatures.

Whatever the reason may be, scientists say these new patterns are likely here to stay--because what’re you going to do about the gatherings of a creature that weighs 66,000 pounds? If the coasts of South Africa are to be the next big humpback whale feeding ground, it’s important for us to make sure that they are safe.

"Despite the unknown cause of this recent behaviour, we postulate that the area has developed or is developing into an important seasonal humpback whale feeding ground that attracts significant immigration into the region in the late austral spring/early summer," concludes Findlay’s team.

You can read more about the study here!

h/t Science Alert

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