Anxiety is the feeling of fear or panic
It’s normal to experience anxiety. When facing a difficult circumstance such as an exam or going to a job interview your anxiety might go up. The anxiety then tends to go away once the situation is over.
Some people, however, find it hard to control their worries and so the anxiety is always there. This then starts to affect their daily life.
What we’ll be looking at today is Generalised Anxiety (GAD). It’s a problem that can affect people for many years. ‘Generalised Anxiety’ is when you worry nearly all of the time. Instead of worrying about one situation, you feel anxious about lots of different situations. For example, will something bad happen to my family? Will I lose my job? Have I got cancer? Am I a bad parent? What do my neighbours think of me? Does my partner love me?
People categorised as having Generalised Anxiety are often anxious most days and cannot remember the last time they were truly relaxed. Once a worry has been settled another arises.
The experience of generalised anxiety is often like this:
- Feeling restless
- Struggling to sleep
- Struggling to concentrate
What you do to reduce your anxiety
There are many things you can do to reduce your anxiety, such as:
- Exercising regularly
- Cutting down on alcohol and caffeine
- Cutting down/quitting smoking
- Going on a self-help course
You can get professional help in the form of psychological therapy, which includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This is a service which we offer at Openforwards. This has proven successful in combating anxiety and depression.
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