Guide 4 Life Harrogate

Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of fear and worry, which is a natural and common response to new, frightening or uncertain situations. Normally anxiety can be useful, helping us to avoid dangerous situations and giving us the motivation to deal with problems. However, if the feelings become too strong or go on for too long, they can stop us from doing the things we want to, making our lives miserable. There are lots of ways you can help yourself deal with anxiety:

  • Take a positive outlook on your anxiety, taking one day at a time. Don't be too hard on yourself.
  • If possible, try not to avoid the things or situations that make you anxious, and feel confident about being able to cope with your anxiety.
  • It is important to find ways of motivating yourself, such as setting small and achievable goals. It is sometimes helpful to make a list of particular problems or difficult situations that you would like to overcome and attempt them step-by-step.
  • Learn to relax by thinking about things that make you feel calm such as listening to music or reading.
  • Try to do some exercise a couple of times a week.
  • Eat well
  • Talk to your friends and family about your worries.

You may find information in some of these contacts useful:                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Web: www.youngminds.org.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Web: www.anxietycare.org.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Web: www.nopanic.org.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
 

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