How Each Zodiac Sign Acts When Anxious, Per Astrology

Time to chill out when anxiety kicks in.

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We ALL deal with being nervous – there's no getting around that. Just because the same things that make someone else nervous doesn't make you nervous doesn't mean you never experience that feeling.

Sure, some horoscopes deal with nervousness a lot more frequently than others, but whether it's a common occurrence for you or it comes and goes, we all deal with it (and we all handle it differently).


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Being nervous can come from a lot of different situations; there's really no way to list them all or to tell exactly what will set off someone's nerves unless they tell you beforehand. For a lot of people, though, common things like public speaking, interviews, meeting new people, and spending time with family can make us anxious.


And what's more, nervousness doesn't usually just happen right before that presentation at work or as you're ringing the doorbell of your boyfriend's house to meet his parents. It's something that we mull over hours, days, or even weeks before it actually happens, which means that we're doing a number on our bodies and minds leading up to that one thing that will be over before you know it.

Trust me, I'm not trying to preach that you shouldn't let things make you nervous – I can be a huge ball of nervous energy at times, too. I just mean that being nervous can do a lot more damage than we think on ourselves.

When you're feeling nervous, you probably exhibit some anxious behavior. Maybe you shake your leg, pace, bite your nails, or have other physical ticks. Or maybe you deal with internalized signs when you're nervous, like isolating yourself, stomach aches and headaches, or dry mouth.

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And then there are some of us that are the most vocal about our nervousness, and we snap at others who try to ask us what's wrong or we can't stop talking about why we're so nervous. There are a LOT of ways we show how anxious we are, but whether we're better at hiding these signs or not, there's even more going on under the surface when we get nervous.


Sure, there's a lot of mental activity going on when we get nervous, but there's a lot of physical things that happen to our bodies, as well – things that are a lot worse than having to get your nails redone because you bit all of yours off.

Feeling nervous can lead to things like a racing heart, sweating, skin issues and acne, and even getting so nervous that we totally space out if you let it control your life. It's obviously hard to not let ourselves get caught up in what's making us nervous, but we can definitely try.



I know for a fact that someone telling me to just stop thinking about it doesn't help, but meditation does. Doing breathing exercises, staying hydrated, eating healthy, getting enough rest, and staying on top of your stress levels are all ways to stop nervousness from getting so bad you can barely function.

And, of course, knowing exactly how you handle being nervous can help you recognize the signs before things get too out of hand. It IS possible to control your nervous energy better; it just takes time and practice!

Per astrology, here is how you act when you're nervous, based on your zodiac sign.

ARIES (March 21 - April 19)

Feeling nervous for you, Aries is like a jolt of electricity to your nervous system... no pun intended. If you can't fix what is making you nervous right away, you tend to get frustrated or angry. Why isn't this as easy to control like everything else?!


You also tend to get very impulsive when you're nervous; maybe you're hoping to shake the Nervous Monster off your back with your recklessness? Who knows. What we do know is that you will run away from confronting the problem or when it feels too hard to handle like an .

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)

When you're nervous, Taurus, you have two speeds: You're either relaxed to the point of being catatonic, or you're so jittery that anxiety seems to exude off you in waves. In other words, nervousness can make you go from zero to 100 REAL quick.

Sometimes, you're so nervous that you can barely function. In fact, you can be SO nervous that you don't even act like you are because you're just so overwhelmed with the feeling. Other times, someone can walk into a room and just feel it on you. When you get nervous, it's a total mess.


GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)

Gemini, you tend to just tell people you're nervous (by literally saying "I'm nervous") because that seems like the most obvious way to handle it. Talking things out is easiest for you, but it often turns into serious word vomit. Once you start talking about it, you can't stop. At all.

Of course, you can certainly admit to being nervous, but you have no idea what to do about it. You can recognize what you're feeling when you feel it, but you'll also probably just shrug if someone asks you how you're going to deal with it. Who knows? You certainly don't.

CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

Nervousness makes you overly sensitive, Cancer. It's all with good intentions (and you know it), but you'll still snap at someone just for asking you if you're okay. What can you say? You usually know how to deal with your emotions, but things like nervousness make you a little crazy.


When you're nervous, you tend to get all doom and gloom about it. You'll probably talk about how you'll never not be nervous again, even though you know that's not true. You're most likely to isolate yourself and have a pity party about it instead of just accepting it and moving on.

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LEO (July 23 - August 22)

Leo, you exhibit the most dramatic and visible signs of nervousness of all the zodiac signs. You live for the drama, and this is especially true when you're not feeling like yourself. How else will people know you're feeling nervous, right?


You tend to bite your nails, shake your leg, and obsessively touch your hair. While these signs are all genuine, and you really are nervous about something, you still want others to notice you acting nervous, even if you refuse help for the sake of the drama and attention.

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)

Virgo, you tend to get seriously obsessive when you're feeling nervous. You tend to get into your head and never get out, overthinking things and generally making things worse for yourself. All you can think is, "Nervous, nervous, nervous," over and over.

In addition to overthinking, you also over-talk. You talk about what's making you nervous or just your nervousness in general until the end of time. You will definitely let your neurotic behavior control your thoughts and actions, but you never pause long enough to solve the problem.


LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)

Libra, you love when things are an easy fix (don't we all?), but we both know that life is never that easy. When you're nervous, you don't just get overwhelmed with everything going on. You also get overwhelmed with what you can do to make things better. It's just all TOO much.

There are so many ways for you to combat your nervousness that you end up just never doing anything about it. You're frozen by so many options that you end up praying that it'll just go away eventually. You're not the best at making decisions, even when you know you should.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)

Scorpio, you're either nervous about something or you're not – there's no in between. You either know how to handle a situation like a boss or you totally cave into your nervousness. It might look bad on the outside, but it's soooo much worse for you on the inside.


When you're nervous, you're totally consumed by the emotion that you become paralyzed by it. You absolutely cannot function like a normal human being because you let your nervousness overtake every aspect of your life. There's no trying to stop it – once it starts, you're stuck.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

Sagittarius, you're usually so good at controlling your emotions that when you feel nervous, you realize you're not as in control as you thought. When you're nervous or anxious, you tend to lash out at others. Being out of control makes you angry, but it's really just misplaced anger.


You're really just mad at yourself for letting something so trivial take control of your usually easy-going attitude. You hate not being able to snap your fingers and have your nervousness disappear; the feeling of overwhelming nervousness tends to take a toll on you.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

You have a philosophy, Capricorn: If something is not an easy fix, you sweep it under the rug and hope it goes away eventually. When you feel nervous, you try to power through the weird, uncomfortable emotion without realizing that all you're doing is ignoring the real problem.

Surprisingly, you're actually amazing at helping others deal with their feelings. Even if all you do is tell them to snap out of it because they're bad bitches who can handle anything, you still help people out. Unfortunately, you're awful at doing the same for yourself. What gives, Universe?!


AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)

Dealing with (and feeling) any and all emotions just make your skin crawl, Aquarius. You would much rather be a robot with no emotions than a human with any emotions because emotions just get messy and unpredictable – not great for someone who hates surprises.

When you're nervous, you try to rationalize your feelings without actually confronting them; you like taking an analytical approach to handle problems. You'll even convince yourself that you're not nervous simply because that's what you choose to think – even if you know it's not true.

PISCES (February 19 - March 20)

Pisces, you're never really sure how to tackle your nervousness – you just know you feel nervous. You get overwhelmed often (not just when you're nervous) and become totally helpless when you realize tackling your nervousness takes actual hard work.


Whether you want to admit it or not, you're very co-dependent on the people in your life. You assume that your friends and family should always take care of you (and solve your problems for you), rather than handling your problems yourself. Sometimes, being the is just too hard.

Emily Ratay is a full-time writer living in Pittsburgh. She's passionate about the environment and feminism, and knows that anything is possible in the right pair of shoes. She plans on writing a non-fiction book in the future.