This can help if:
You often feel worried or like something bad is going to happen
You take a long time to get stuff done because it has to be perfect
You always think things will end badly or feel like you can never do things
You’re irritable and constantly in a bad mood
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling of worry or fear, and is a normal human response to a lot of situations. Everyone feels some anxiety at different times in life. It’s the way our body tries to keep us out of dangerous situations, and motivates us to solve problems. But if you feel so anxious that it gets in the way of you living your life, or causes a lot of distress- that’s a problem. If this is happening to you, you can do something about it.
Anxiety can affect both your physical health and your mental health and the symptoms might be short lived, or stay for a long time. It can cause you to:
Become worried or constantly feel something bad is going to happen
Often ask unnecessary questions, or need constant reassurance
Get upset when a mistake is made, or if there is a change of routine
Be a perfectionist, care too much about things being ‘just right’
Be argumentative, especially when you’re trying to avoid something that worries you
Become irritable or constantly in a bad mood
Common ways anxiety might affect your body:
Having dry mouth or difficulty swallowing
Having difficulty sleeping
Having difficulty concentrating
Experiencing muscle aches and pains (especially neck, shoulders, back)
Feeling restless, or trembling and shaking
Having a rapid heart and breathing rate
Experiencing sweating, dizziness, headache
Feeling sick – nauseous, vomiting, or having diarrhoea
What to do if you’re feeling anxious
There are a few things you can do to when anxiety is becoming a problem. You might need to change your lifestyle, learn some
relaxation techniques, or if you think something more serious is going on, it's worth learning more about anxiety disorders.
If you're still not feeling better and it’s not going away, it might be wise to get an expert opinion on what’s going on and what to do about it. Check out some
info on the treatment available for anxiety, and who can help you get the treatment you need. It can be hard to know where to find the right support you need. ReachOut NextStep is an anonymous online tool that recommends relevant support options based on what you want help with. Try ReachOut NextStep to learn about the support options available for you.
If you want to hear from others, watch this 3-minute video about feeling anxious.