Anxiety is something everyone will experience at times when they have a feeling of fear, panic or stress. Anxiety causes our brains to make us more alert and pump blood around our bodies faster. Anxiety happens when your brain recognises a danger, it then tries to make the decision of fight or flight. Whilst our brain is trying to make this decision, we get a rush of adrenaline that may make us feel nervous or on edge. Sometimes this anxiety can last for longer periods of time causing a lot of distress for a person. Anxiety is a condition that doesn’t pick favourites, it can affect anyone of any age, gender or race. If you experience anxiety you are NOT alone, 1 in 10 young people experience it too. 

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There are various different symptoms of anxiety, some symptoms may include: 

  • A constant feeling of worry, panic or nervousness

  • Breathing difficulties, chest pains and feeling your heart race

  • Feeling faint

  • Having constant stomach cramps or feeling sick

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Repetitive negative thoughts

top tips:

  1. Shift your focus, rather than focusing on your anxiety focus on something positive that you enjoy. 

  2. Eat and sleep, your brain is more relaxed when you have a proper night sleep and a good amount of food. Sometimes we cause our bodies extra stress by not eating or sleeping right. 

  3. Be kind! Anxiety can make us feel bad about ourselves but remember you are amazing, and you are loved and supported. Reach out to those you love and trust to spend time together talking or going outdoors.