Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear. While everyone can feel anxious at some point in their lives, for some people anxiety is an ongoing problem. Anxiety can also be a symptom of another condition, such as generalised anxiety (or excessive worrying), panic disorder (when you have panic attacks), or post-traumatic stress disorder, which is triggered by frightening or distressing events. Anxiety can also be specific to particular times (e.g. phobias), situations (e.g. social anxiety), or things (e.g. health anxiety). Anxiety is highly treatable, but left alone, it can have significant consequences for physical health and quality of life (see TED talk here). More information on anxiety will follow here, but for now, do get in touch in confidence, and let us help you understand when and why your anxiety is occurring, and how to regain control to manage symptoms and feel great.
Anxiety is highly treatable with cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), sometimes alongside anti-anxiety medicines(click here for more information on CBT). At The I Can Centre we offer CBT on a 1-1 basis. We also offer CBT as a low-cost 6-week / Saturday course such as "Stress Busters" and "Worry Busters" - see our calendar for information on new courses starting soon.
There are also many things anxiety sufferers can do themselves such as getting more exercise, cutting down on alcohol, stopping smoking and eating more healthily. Walking can be particularly useful; even a five-minute walk can be very effective, not least when this can change to a 30-minute walk once out and about. Self-care and compassion are also vital (see link) because symptoms can improve when we look after ourselves, and treat ourselves with kindness, compassion and respect.
Symptoms of anxiety are varied, but can include: