What is Anxiety?

‘Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam or having a medical test or job interview. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal’.
- NHS Inform
For many, anxiety can be debilitating to live with.
Whether you have experienced anxiety throughout your life or whether it is something that you find yourself newly having to manage, support is available.

Some symptoms of Anxiety

There is no one cause for anxiety and every person will respond to situations differently. It is important to remember that our thresholds for the experiences that life throw at us are different and there is no “right” or “wrong” response to how these affect us.

For many people, anxiety may present as a physical symptom, such as:
Alongside these physical symptoms there can often be effects on behaviour such as:

Anxiety and Covid 19

The impact of Covid 19 and the subsequent lockdowns that the Country has found itself in has had a profound impact on the mental health and wellbeing of the population. Overnight, normal routines were disrupted, along with education, support networks and opportunities for experiences, that we once took for granted.

With the resumption of “normal life”, many people are having to find their way in a somewhat uncertain world. Social anxiety is high, Covid anxiety is high, not to mention other Mental Health conditions that have not been supported as a result of the stretched services within the locality.

How can counselling help?

Counselling can provide a safe environment to explore triggers for anxiety and discuss the impact that anxiety is having on your life. It is also a useful way of discovering alternative techniques for managing anxiety. This can be anything from exercises where the thoughts are challenged to mindfulness visualization exercises, designed to encourage time to stop and reflect.

Further guidance or support

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Explains anxiety and panic attacks, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips and guidance for friends and family.

If you or someone you know is currently experiencing a mental health crisis and in need of immediate assistance, this can be found from the following organisations
24 Hour crisis helpline 0800783911
Release the Pressure team 0800 1070160 or text “Kent” to 85258 for 24 hour mental health support
The Samaritans call for free on 116 123
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