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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal reaction to danger, the body’s automatic fight or flight response that is triggered when you feel threatened, under pressure or are facing a challenging situation such as moving to a new house, sitting a exam or an interview. Whilst some anxiety can be good can be good as it can help you stay alert and focused, when the worried and fears start to interfere in your daily like and stop you from functioning it can develop into an anxiety disorder.

What are the symptoms of anxiety disorder?

It is important to remember that anxiety is experienced differently by everybody. Feelings can range from a knot in the stomach to a racing heart. You might feel out of control like there’s a disconnect between your body and mind.
Other people may experience anxiety through nightmares, panic attacks and painful thoughts or memories that you can not control. You may have a general feeling of fear and worry, or you may fear a specific place or event. Some of the symptoms can include,
-Increased heart rate
-Rapid breathing
-Dry mouth
-Chills or Hot Flashes
-Apprehensions and Worry
-Numbness or Tingling

What can help with anxiety?


Exercise can be a really good way to burn off any anxious energy that you may be feeling and there are many studies that support this. When we exercise the chemical dopamine in our brain also increases which is the chemical that is responsible for pleasure and happiness.


Meditation can help reduce any racing thoughts that you may be having and may make it easier to manage any anxiety you might be feeling. There is a number of things that you can try such as yoga, mindfulness classes or apps.


When you are feeling anxious it can help you to write your thoughts down so that your able to rationalise them and can help you to find a way to manage your anxiety in a more productive way. Journaling and other forms of writing can help people to cope better with their anxiety.

Time management strategies

You can feel anxious and overwhelmed if they have too many commitments at once. This may involve family, work, and other activities. Having a plan in place can help to manage the anxiety better. Effective time management strategies can help people to focus on one task at a time.


Some people find smelling soothing plant oils can help to ease stress and anxiety. Certain scents work better for some people than others, so consider experimenting with various options.

Positive Affirmations

Using Positive Affirmations can be an incredible powerful tool for anxiety. John Parrott from as an empowering article which goes into more detail in regard to this and I would definitely recommend a read. Click on the link for a read

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