“Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.”

    Feelings of anxiety are natural in some situations and everyone has these feelings at some point in their lives. Anxiety is when people find it hard to control their worries and it affects their daily life.

    Some of the symptoms of anxiety are similar to stress symptoms.

    Wordcloud: tiredness, problems sleeping, panic attacks, headaches, losing interest in sex, feeling nauseous, chest pains, high blood pressure, difficulty breathing

    Recognising anxiety

    People can find it difficult to recognise when their anxiety is becoming a problem. Sometimes it’s the people around them that notice first.

    Any of the following can be signs that anxiety is becoming a problem and may need help:

    You might be experiencing some or all of the above, if so you are not alone.

    Things you can do to help reduce anxiety

    1. 1
      Work on changing your negative or unhelpful thoughts
    2. 2
      Quit smoking and limit drinking alcohol
    3. 3
      Try exercise to improve your mood
    4. 4
      Avoid caffeine as it can trigger symptoms of anxiety
    5. 5
      Try relaxation exercises
    6. 6
      Talk about your anxiety to family, friends or people at a support group

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    Do you recognise any of the symptoms of anxiety? Would any of the tips help you reduce your feelings of anxiety?

    Support and help for anxiety


    Anxiety UK has details of support groups for anxiety

    Anxiety UK

    The NHS website has information about anxiety

    NHS website

    Young Minds has information about anxiety

    Young Minds
    Updated 12 May 2020
    Review 12 May 2023
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