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