Why am I always so restless

Inner unrest

We often know the reason for nervousness and tension: before an exam, under time pressure, during a delicate conversation. But sometimes we also feel inner restlessness that we cannot easily explain. In this article we want to get to the bottom of this phenomenon. Where does nervous restlessness come from and what influences it?

How is inner unrest expressed?

When we are restless inside, we often experience racing thoughts. We jump from one thought to the next, mostly uncomfortable and difficult topics. Our feelings can also play a bit crazy and, depending on our thoughts, be characterized by despair, depression, irritability. Inner restlessness can also be accompanied by pleasant feelings such as joy, excitement or being in love. She often brings with it a changeability at all levels. Physically, there are typical symptoms such as the urge to move around, bite your fingernails, wiggle your feet or drum your fingers on a surface.

Which makes us nervous

If we know the cause of inner restlessness, for example an exam, this tension will subside by itself after this event. We mostly talk about nervousness here. Inner unrest rather means a felt tension and excitement that occurs, for example, when we are alone at home. We could actually put our feet up, but we don't feel comfortable and relaxed, we feel tense. There can be physical and psychological reasons for this.

Physical restlessness

If we are restless inside, it is very possible that our body is missing something. Too little fluids, healthy food, exercise - if our body lacks something, this can become noticeable through restlessness.

Psychological causes

Our thoughts have a decisive influence on whether we are calm or whether we experience inner unrest. For example, if we think about the next day's tasks or a stressful situation, we become tense. Even if it is at this moment externally there is no reason for it. You can find out how to calm down your thoughts in such moments in our blog article.

Carelessness and inner restlessness

We are helplessly exposed to the inner restlessness as long as we are not consciously aware of it. If our thoughts run from A to B, if we move nervously from one room to another or try to distract ourselves by watching TV or surfing the Internet, we probably remain tense. The first step to put an end to the inner unrest is the mental registration of inner unrest. This careful noting of our thoughts, feelings, and physical activity is known as mindfulness. You can find an effective mindfulness exercise that you can use to deal with anxiety in our blog article on stress prevention.

Our brains in sleep mode

Inner restlessness is not an imagination or a false perception, but actually takes place in the brain. If we are tense inside, our brain is still busy with certain tasks. For example, we try to find solutions to problems or ways out of difficult life situations. In contrast to this, there is also the sleep mode of our brain, the so-called “Default Mode Network”.

The Default Mode Network is a network of certain brain regions that is active when we are relaxed and not busy with anything in particular.

Instead, we let our thoughts come and go. From a psychological point of view, the art of inner calm is letting go of certain mental fixations.

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Categories General, StressTags Tension, nervousness, restlessness, calm down