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What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a very normal part of day to day life and we can all feel anxious from time to time, but sometimes this feeling can really start to impact our lives and it can be useful to get some support with managing it a bit better.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Anxiety affects both the mind and the body.

Emotional symptoms include:

Physical symptoms include:

  • Muscle tension
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Breathing more rapidly
  • Feeling sick
  • An irregular or racing heart beat
  • Sleeplessness
  • Palpitations

Cognitive symptoms (how anxiety can affect your thinking):

  • Thinking a bad thing is going to happen
  • Worrying about one or several things almost constantly
  • Unable to ‘think straight’, confusion or ‘mind blanks’
  • Thinking you can not or will not be able to cope
  • Worrying about how you are coming across or what others think of you
  • Thinking that something bad will happen to someone else

Behavioural symptoms (how anxiety can affect what you do and avoid doing):

  • Repeatedly checking things
  • Asking for lots of reassurance
  • Taking a lot of control over tasks
  • Avoiding situations as worried about being judged#
  • Excessive drinking / substance use
  • Planning ‘escape routes’
  • Avoiding situations where you may feel trapped
  • Over preparing

How we can help treat your anxiety

At Thinkaction, we can help treat your anxiety with self-help and talking therapies.

Self-help can be a very useful first step in tackling anxiety. You can join one of our friendly and supportive groups that will help you manage your anxiety and prevent panic attacks occurring. Alternatively, we can offer you one-to-one counselling. Counselling provides a supportive relationship to help you find new ways of coping with your anxiety.

We also offer you Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Your Thinkaction mental health practitioner will help you to identify how thoughts and behaviour impact on your mood. The aim is to help you develop more balanced thinking patterns and change unhelpful behaviour that may cause or prolong symptoms of anxiety. This process is always carried out in a gradual, step-by-step way so you feel comfortable and in control.

When life gets too much we can help get you through

Call us on 0300 012 0012.
Ask your GP to refer you.
Text TALK to 82085.

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