Managing anxiety and worries

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone will experience anxiety at some point in their life, and this could be related to a variety of things such as: health, finances, work, school or relationships. It is also possible to feel anxious without being able to identify the cause. If you are finding yourself feeling anxious most of the time, or it is impacting on your ability to do everyday tasks, you may be experiencing an anxiety disorder.

When anxiety becomes overwhelming it can cause a change in your behaviour and the way you think and feel about things, resulting in symptoms such as:

restlessness
a sense of dread
feeling constantly "on edge"
difficulty concentrating
irritability

Your symptoms may cause you to withdraw from social contact to avoid feelings of worry and dread. You may also find going to work difficult and stressful, and may take time off sick. These actions can make you worry even more about yourself and reduce your self-esteem.

You may also experience a range of physical symptoms including:

dizziness
tiredness
a noticeably strong, fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
muscle aches and tension
trembling or shaking
dry mouth
excessive sweating
shortness of breath
stomach ache
feeling sick
headache
pins and needles
insomnia

Watch this short video that explains the causes, symptoms and treatment of an anxiety



Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is the feeling of being anxious about almost everything and anything. Often, people affected by GAD will feel overly worried about a wide range of things relating to a variety of topics including health, money, work, school and relationships and sometimes may not even be able to identify a reason that they feel anxious.

The below video explains the causes, symptoms and treatment of GAD.



If you're experiencing difficulties with anxiety which is impacting your mental health and your life, Keeping Well is here to help. Our service provides timely mental health and wellbeing support to health and social care staff in North West London. If you would like to make a referral, you can do so by clicking here.

Resources

Anxiety - Easy read information
In this leaflet from the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, they explain how you might feel when you're anxious and where you can go to get help.

Anxiety - An NHS self help guide
In this self-help guidebook from the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, they provide information on: what anxiety is, signs that you may be suffering from anxiety, causes of anxiety, how to manage anxiety, reducing physical symptoms, altering thoughts related to anxiety, changing behaviours related to anxiety, what treatment options are available and useful organisations/resources. Click here for the Accessibility and Translation version

Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) - Anxiety Worksheets
The above resource provides information and a self-help resource for those experiencing anxiety. This resource offers flexibility to the user, it contains a variety of modules which can be used at your own pace and in whatever order you would like to access them.
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