Anxiety means feeling worried, fearful or nervous. It’s natural to be anxious – but if the feelings
don’t go away, get worse or have no particular cause, they can become a problem.
See the signs
There are different types of anxiety – including panic attacks, social anxiety, post traumatic stress
disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Here are some of the common symptoms for all the above: Racing thoughts
- – Difficulty concentrating
- – Feelings of dread
- – Irritability
- – Sleep and appetite problems
- – Fast breathing and heartbeat
- – Hot flushes or blushing
- – Dry mouth
- – Shaking
- – Extreme tiredness or lack of energy
- – Dizziness and fainting
- – Stomach aches and sickness
There are lots of ways to help yourself, including exercise, meditation or stress management
courses. Again, these help yourself ideas are good for you:
- – Exercise or get outdoors, even if it’s just for a walk
- – Take breathing exercises
- – Learn ways to relax, such as meditation Yoga
- – Eating healthy foods regularly
- – Follow a daily routine to give your life more structure
- – Get enough sleep
- – Keep a mood diary to be more aware of your symptoms
- – Do something creative like writing, art or music
- – Meet people at your local club, group or society
- – Volunteering
Talking therapy can really help these problems, either one-to-one or in a group. You can also tackle
anxiety with medication, and both of these options are available on the NHS.
If you have any symptoms described above, it’s a good idea to talk to your GP.
Exercise is a great way to improve your mental wellbeing and manage