Anxiety & Stress

Everyone gets stressed because we live in a world where we are constantly faced with challenges. So, whether its exams, homework, driving lessons, going to a place for the very first time, meeting new people or separating from loved ones or any other phobia, our bodies may feel stressed. This in turn often leads to anxiety.

When we are anxious we might:

Become Angry

• Feel worried

• Get upset

• Feel sick

• Feel shaky, dizzy or faint

• Think unpleasant, crazy and wild thoughts

• Struggle to sleep

When anxiety gets too much then we might get panic attacks which can be very scary as it feels like we’re having a heart attack but the symptoms always disappear after five to twenty minutes.

GAD

If you feel that you are in a constant state of worry then you might be suffering from Generalised Anxiety Order (GAD). This is also known as “chronic worrying” where you “float” from one worry to another.

“My son made a great deal of progress with his worries regarding his exams.”

Use these tips to tackle anxiety:

Breathing

There are many different types of breathing techniques you can do to calm yourself down.

Try this one:

1. Slowly breathe in through your nose. Take about five seconds to inhale.

2. Then slowly breathe out through your mouth but this time really focus on your breathing. Pay attention and notice what happens to your abdomen. The breathing out should take longer than the time you took to inhale so aim to exhale for around seven seconds.

3. Keep repeating steps 1 and 2 until you feel calmer.

Write your worries down

Write down all the things that are bugging you. And no, making notes on your phone doesn’t count. Actually, take a pen or a pencil and write your worries on a piece of paper.

Take your worries to court

Judge your worries, interrogate them and pass judgement to see if any of the worries are true. You will often find that most of the worries are just that: worries and not reality. FEAR is just False Emotions Appearing Real.

Walking or doing exercises

Some studies show that for some people exercising or walking is just as effective as medication. Brisk walking or a session of exercise releases calming neurons in the brain which may ease the effects of stress, anxiety and even depression.

Remember the golden rule for dealing with STRESS:

Simply

Think

Realistically

Expressing

Silent

Strength

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