Anxiety

Anxiety

You might be affected by anxiety if you are going through:

  • Feeling pressured by life events such as family issue, workplace issue, bereavement, trauma etc.
  • Unbale to overcome fears.
  • Self-doubt and be negative outlook on life.
  • Constant worry about things you can’t control.

Anxiety is your body’s response to stress. Anxiety is a fear or worries about what’s to come. For example, that odd feeling on the first day of school/work, attending a job interview or addressing the audience at the conference. These situations can make you nervous and can affect the outcome.

However, in a response to such anxious situations is extreme, repeat constantly, and interfere with your day to day life, you may want to seek help to overcome anxiety.

Anxiety symptoms varies depending on the person who is experiencing it. Body response can range from tiny butterflies in your stomach to extreme sweating and or a racing heart. You feel that you cannot control your body response to the situation you are in.

In some extreme situations people can experience nightmares and panic attacks that they can’t control. You may have an overwhelming feeling of fear, or worry about getting into a specific situation or place.

Some of the common symptoms of general anxiety include:

  • Increased heart rate.
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Restlessness.
  • Panic attack.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Difficulty falling asleep.

Anxiety can become more manageable, even though many people experiencing anxiety may not have access to, or receive, the treatment they need. There is no ONE treatment for anxiety, as everyone is different (and the causes and their anxieties differ) but there are some treatments that have been proven clinically effective. We outline some below

Self-help

There is a wealth of resources, both online and available through (for instance) your GP, which describes how you can manage anxiety and these have proven helpful for many.
Making positive lifestyle changes can be an effective way to relieve some of the anxiety and can help you may cope with it every day. Taking care of your body is key, especially participating in healthy activities, and eliminating unhealthy ones.

These include:

  • Routine and enough sleep.
  • Mindfulness and meditating.
  • Being active and exercising to relieve body stress and a healthy diet.
  • avoiding any substances that make you lose control over your action such as alcohol or caffeine.

Talking therapies

Talking therapies have proven effective in the treatment of stress and anxiety. Engaging in psychological therapy gives you a space to understand potential triggers, what helps and what makes it harder to manage, and look at developing helpful ways to cope, amongst other things. There are different therapeutic approaches that have proven effective, for instance, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Medication

Some prescribed medication can help alleviate the symptoms of stress and reduce its impact on your day-to-day life. You should talk to your GP or psychiatrist about the options available for you, the benefits and the potential side-effects of any medication. Medication can be prescribed as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with, for instance, talking therapies.