Anxiety is a very common problem which affects everybody at some time in their lives.

It is usually described as a sense of worry, fearfulness or a feeling that something dreadful may happen. (Anticipatory Anxiety).

Anxiety for most of us is a normal reaction that helps us prepare for and deal with all sorts of demanding or risky situations.

Anxiety is a natural emotion that serves a survival function.

A certain amount of anxiety helps drive us forward to achieve our goals – for example to study for an examination, or to speak in public. However, when prolonged or unrelieved, anxiety can be harmful and disabling.

Excessive anxiety can develop from,

  • Lack of sleep.
  • Nutritional problems.
  • Neurochemical imbalances 
  • Failure to develop adequate copings skills.
  • Cognitive distortions
  • .Low self-esteem/a need for external validation.

Recovery involves

  • Improving health behaviours. (Diet, Exercise, Sleep. Relaxation/ Meditation,).
  • Identifying and building coping strategies.
  • Addressing cognitive distortions.
  • Developing a healthy, supportive relationship with self and others. (Counselling, Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).