Anxiety is a normal human emotion – like adults, you can feel anxious before doing something new. Both anxiety and fear can become disabling when their effects are so intense that they interfere with our ability to deal with day to day events. For example, they may result in panic attacks, generalised anxiety or phobias. Phobias involve fear of things or situations which are not really dangerous but they have built up in our minds to be dangerous and that causes immense panic.
Key points to remember are:
YOUR FEARS ARE REAL TO YOU. EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT FEARS.
Common fears can be: a fear of failing, a fear of change, a fear of not being liked/accepted, a fear of getting close to people.ANXIETY CAN FEEL DIFFERENT TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE
It can feel like headaches, cramps in your tummy, racing thoughts, unable to sleep, panic attacks
TALK TO SOMEONE YOU TRUST
A friend, a teacher, a family member. Once you talk about how you’re feeling and get support you feel like you’re not alone
KNOW WHEN TO ASK FOR MORE HELP
If your anxiety is stopping you from leaving the house, going to school, develops into thoughts of harming yourself, you must seek professional help. Start with talking to your GP.
TIPS TO COPE WITH ANXIETY
Breathing exercise can be helpful to calm the bod and the mind. Exercise such as a simple walk. Writing down your feelings too can help. Turn off electronic devices and get a good night’s sleep.
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