Anxiety

Everyone has feelings of anxiety which are natural in many situations.

However, in certain situations anxiety can become more intense or worsen if we avoid the circumstances

which make us feel anxious in the first place.

The important thing to remember is it is not your fault because people do not choose to feel anxious.

It’s worth making a note of your own symptoms to help recognise when you are feeling anxious.

Physical Symptoms

  • Stomach-ache or butterflies

  • Muscle tension and aches

  • Dry mouth

  • Sweating

  • Dizziness

  • Sleeping difficulties

  • Increase heart rate

  • Nightmares

Psychological Symptoms

  • Feeling numb

  • Feeling or thinking the worst will happen

  • Overthinking a situation

  • Poor concentration

  • Negative thinking

  • Feeling “full” of thoughts

Coping strategies

  • Talk to someone you trust

  • Try breathing exercises; or just focus on your breathing for a minute

  • Distract yourself with something comforting

  • Listen to music

  • Go for a walk or a run

  • Make a note of the negative thoughts you have

Useful Websites

Kooth

Your online mental wellbeing community - Free, safe and anonymous support

Young Minds 

We are leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Anxiety UK 

Whether you have anxiety, stress, anxiety-based depression or a phobia that’s affecting your daily life, we’re here to help you; fully supported by an expert team of medical advisors.

Helpline 0844 477577

Mind Charity 

Provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. 

Rethink Mental Illness 

We improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through our network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning.