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Managing and understanding your anxiety

As it is World Mental Health Day, this doesn’t just mean that you have low mood but there are many branches that fall from that tree. Anxiety is a big one that many of us face and we are unsure how to deal with it.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a form of fear that we feel when we believe something is going to go wrong or it makes you nervous doing it. Anxiety can affect different people on different levels, some may only get it for a short amount of time, and others may struggle with it throughout their lives. You may feel like avoiding a situation that would make you anxious but it is important that we don’t let it stop us from doing the things we want to do.

Anxiety may cause your heart to beat fast, your muscles to feel weak, you may sweat a lot, your stomach can churn, you may feel dizzy, you can freeze in a spot, you can’t eat, and so much more.

What makes you anxious?

Take a moment and note down the situations that you have been in that have caused you to feel scared, worried or anxious. Then think about why they made you feel that way. This will help you understand which situations trigger the feeling of anxiety and gradually, you will be able to think about how you could make the situation easier for you. Continue to make notes when these situations arise so you can remember what caused your anxiety in that particular moment. Exposing yourself to these situations out of choice may help you overcome them.

To help keep your mind off of your anxiety, it is important to keep your mental and physical health, healthy by eating well and exercising often. Relax and stay in the moment, try some breathing exercises to help you analyse what your body is going through inside and out. Keep in control of your body, your breathing and your emotions.

How can you help your anxiety?

Talk to a professional, Health in Mind has a good service that can positively help you stay in control. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help those with anxiety. Speak to a friend about the problems you are having, they might be able to offer advice and support. Or find a support group to speak to others that have experienced it and have learned how to control it and help others.

I am not an expert in mental health and anxiety can affect people in different ways, if this advice does not help you, seek professional advice to see how they can help you keep in control of your anxiety. All mental health problems link together and they can help each other stay at bay with guidance as simple as exercise and healthy eating.

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