Anxiety effects how we feel, think and behave, and can cause real physical symptoms.
Whilst mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, interfering with your ability to sleep and your day-to-day functioning. This is when you need to learn strategies to control the thoughts and physical symptoms which are interfering with your daily life.
If you answer YES to any of the following, you may be dealing with anxiety.
- Do you worry all the time? Does worry interfere with day-to-day life – your work, your hobbies, or your sleeping?
- Do you have rushes of fear or anxiety that cause your heart to race, your palms sweat, your breathing to quicken, or fear you might faint?
- Do you notice increased irritability and annoyance in daily living?
- Are you so fearful of very specific things – spiders, lifts, or flying– that you try to avoid them completely, or feel overwhelmed if you can’t?
- Do you have trouble sleeping because you have constant worrying thoughts?
- Do you avoid going certain places?
- Do you always worry what other people might think about you?
- Are you bothered by intrusive upsetting thoughts or feel as if something bad or awful might happen?
- Have you had experiences of fear or loss in your life (such as the unexpected loss of a loved one, a life-threatening circumstance, or a trauma ) which causes flashbacks and emotional distress?