Anxiety is a feeling of fear and apprehension
Normally anxiety can be useful, helping us to avoid dangerous situations, making us alert and giving us the motivation to deal with problems.
However, if the feelings become too strong or go on for too long, they can stop us from doing the things we want to, making our lives miserable. Many people suffer with stress, it is the second major cause of illness at work, after back problems.
Sign and symptoms
- Inability to concentrate
- Anger or irritability
- Crying or shouting
- Increased alcohol consumption/smoking
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Chest pains or palpitations
- Dizziness or sweating
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, and a situation that one person finds stressful may not be stressful to someone else. Therefore, almost anything can cause stress. Sometimes, there are no clear causes of stress. Some people naturally feel more frustrated, anxious or depressed than others, which can cause them to feel stressed more often.
Types of anxiety
Anxiety can come in many different forms. It may be Health anxiety, Social anxiety, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Panic Attacks or Panic Disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or Phobias.
Help and support
When anxiety or stress and your reaction to it are dominating your life and there is no chance to switch off, it is time to seek help. Once it is recognised, acknowledged and understood, you will have taken a huge step towards dealing with it.
Click here to find out more information about anxiety therapy in Southampton or Bournemouth, or to book an appointment with a counsellor.
Have you tried?
Breathing techniques or Grounding techniques
The techniques below are perfect for helping with anxiety, stress and panic attacks. They can also act as a useful mindfulness practice. Take some time out and have a go for yourself!
If you are interested in counselling for anxiety or stress, please get in touch and book in an initial assessment with one of our team.