It can be hard to explain to others what that's like. Check out this blog post I wrote here. Spoon Theory can be one tool to help convey to others what your experience is like!
I can't sleep. I'm anxious because I'm getting no sleep, so it's harder to fall asleep. So I do what you're supposed to do, stop checking your phone and get out of bed, but it's 3 am here now and that doesn't help because I have to get up at 6:30. I know I'm going [...]
Anxiety: Abstract drowning, with your head just below the surface... but you can't lift it to breathe. Most people say that they had no idea that I struggle[d] with anxiety, looking at me now. I'm in a PhD program, an addictions counselor who runs therapy groups with people who are sometimes [understandably] not so happy, [...]