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What is anxiety?

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

It is understandable to have anxiety at some points in our life. Sometimes it can be growth anxiety if we are tackling something new such as learning to drive or going for a job interview.

We can also feel anxious at times of uncertainty and change, or with unexpected events. In these moments it is perfectly understandable to feel anxious.

Our anxiety can protect us and keeps us safe, when we sense that something or someone is not safe.

Sometimes however, we may find it difficult to control our worries. Anxiety in these situations can begin to affect our everyday life in a way that is not helpful.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder or GAD can lead us to feel anxious on most days and we may struggle to remember the last time that we felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought passes another one might occur to us.

 In this situation you may find that you are having difficulty with concentration or sleeping.

If you are feeling restless or worried, you may be having some physical symptoms such as tummy trouble, fast heart rate, feeling sweaty or that you are finding it difficult to breathe in a relaxed way.

You may have times that you feel distant or separate from in situations, as though you are dreaming, but you know you are awake.

You may find that you are beginning to avoid certain situations that make you anxious. In turn this avoidance is making the thought of doing these things even worse. A bit like someone is turning the dial up on your anxiety and making it harder and harder to cope as time goes on.

Worrying about feeling anxious can lead to a negative cycle and perhaps you are experiencing panic attacks.

If these are feelings that you can relate to, help is available now. This process is understandable and with the right actions and the right information things can begin to feel better.

Contact me now to take your next step forward.