Guest blog by Jane Etty:

Anxiety affects all of us from time to time. Whilst it is natural to have feelings of stress and worry, if these feelings won’t go away this may be a sign that your anxiety is becoming problematic. Anxiety can be described as a feeling of fear or panic, either about something in particular or nothing specific at all. Anxiety becomes an issue when it is overwhelming and gets in the way of our health, happiness, daily life, or relationships with others. The symptoms of anxiety, whilst not usually dangerous, can feel uncomfortable and frightening. It is, however, usually possible to identify the triggers for our anxiety and look at ways to manage it. I will be writing a couple of blogs on this topic over the next few weeks that I hope you will find useful. 

What is anxiety and how does it manifest itself?

Anxiety affects the way we think and feel, the way our body works and the way we behave outwardly. Some common signs of anxiety are:

·       Feeling tense, stressed, on edge or overwhelmed

·       Feeling like something terrible is going to happen

·       Feeling a constant sense of panic

·       Overthinking and rumination

·       Feeling easily irritated or having mood swings

·       Feeling restless

·       Finding it more difficult to concentrate than usual

·       Feeling helpless

·       Excessive worrying or extreme feelings of guilt

As mentioned before, anxiety can also affect us physically with symptoms including:

·        Heart palpitations or a tight chest

·        Excessive sweating

·        Struggling to breathe

·        Tingling or numbness in our hands or feet

·        Dizziness or feeling light-headed

·        Shaking

·        Feeling sick or a churning stomach

·        Headaches

Anxiety can also be apparent in our behaviour:

·       Pacing up and down, struggling to relax

·       Trouble sleeping

·       Beginning tasks and not finishing them

·       Becoming snappy and irritable

·       Speaking more quickly than usual

·       Withdrawal from friends and social activities

·       Eating more or less than usual

·       Drinking more alcohol

Jane is an experienced Health, Harmony and Happiness Coach.  Check out her website here.JANE ETTY MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING COACH