What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.  Anxiety is normal. Everyone experiences anxiety at times.  It is a system in our body that helps us to deal with real danger (for example, anxiety allows us to jump out of the way of a speeding car) or to perform at our best (for example, it motivates us to prepare for a big presentation). When you experience anxiety, your body’s “fight-flight-freeze” response (also called the “adrenaline response”) is triggered. This response prepares your body to defend itself.

Anxiety is a problem when your body reacts as if there is danger when there is no real danger. It’s like having an overly sensitive smoke alarm system in your body! Anxiety problems are common. One in four people will have an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.

Tips for Anxiety

  1. Focus on your breathing and the here and now.
  2. Be an observer without judgement.
  3. Rely on positive self-talk.
  4. Question your thoughts (Maybe you believe something that isn’t the truth.)
  5. Talk to someone! (A friend, a trusting adult, a community service or counsellor.)

Great resources for everything – mental health, stress, substance use, medication

Apps – Self help (download from the App store)

Mindshift App  –  MindShift will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety (created by anxiety.bc)

SAM App  –  SAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety(created by the University of Western England).