Anxiety and you

Everyone will experience anxiety at some point in their lives. For some, it is a passing feeling that is unpleasant but fleeting. For others, this can create a pattern of unease and tension which can then become extremely debilitating to their everyday life. Most people will have experienced that horrible feeling of dread, tension and unease especially when facing stressful situations such as exams or job interviews.

Anxiety is different for everyone, but will often include feelings of nervousness, being on edge (as if something is going to happen), panic, worry and stress. There are also physical symptoms related to anxiety, such as nausea, tight feeling in the chest, difficulty breathing, light headedness and a need to use the toilet. This can make it extremely difficult to relax and sleeping patterns can become disrupted. For some people, these symptoms can create a pattern and become prolonged, leading to exhaustion and despair.

Feeling unable to get restorative sleep is draining. Socialising with friends and family can become too much to bear. This isolation can affect school and work often leading to feelings of desolation and hopelessness. People can find themselves staying in bed to avoid the situation. This can create a vicious circle which is difficult to break.

Anxiety can happen to anyone, anytime. Sometimes it seems to be just out of the blue; as if from nowhere. Talking therapy provides a safe space to help process your feelings and gain insight into what you are experiencing and how this impacts you and those around you. Counselling provides this confidential, non-judgmental environment where you can explore your own experience of anxiety and most importantly, be yourself.

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