Did you know that in the UK, around one in ten of us are living with anxiety? That equates to over eight million people. Anxiety is a constant feeling of worry, fear or nervousness. It’s natural to feel these emotions at times – if, for example, you’re experiencing stress at work or significant life transitions. If however, these feelings continue and impact your daily life, you may be suffering from anxiety.

Anxiety can become problematic in your daily routine. It may make you avoid certain situations, feel unable to control feelings of stress, experience panic attacks and it may even make it difficult to enjoy things. Those with anxiety don’t all experience the same symptoms – it can impact you both mentally and physically and it is not uncommon for it to lead to depression. Common mental symptoms include a lack of concentration, over-thinking, feeling irritable, feeling on edge, racing thoughts, insomnia, change in appetite, feelings of dreams, panic or ‘impending doom’. If you’re suffering from anxiety you may also experience physical symptoms such as sweating, fatigue, breathlessness, dry mouth, headaches, stomach pain, nausea, pounding heart and hair loss.

But what exactly causes it? Well, it’s complicated and we’re not entirely sure. However, experts think that factors could include environmental stressors like work or problems with relationships. Genetics may also play a part in anxiety as those who have family members with an anxiety disorder are more likely to suffer from one. Medication, certain diseases or the experience of surgery can also contribute to anxiety. Psychologists also believe that brain chemistry can also be responsible due to imbalances of certain hormones and electrical signals. Another factor is substance abuse and withdrawals from illicit substances may cause anxiety.

So, how can you help to reduce your symptoms of anxiety? Firstly, always speak to someone you’re close to, whether that’s a family member, partner, or friend. Let them know how you are feeling and that you are struggling. Try and manage your worries, whether that’s writing them down in a notebook or allowing yourself an allocated time frame that you allow yourself to worry about them. You should also ensure you’re taking care of yourself physically, as this really helps you mentally. Ensure you’re getting enough quality sleep, you’re exercising regularly and you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet. You can read our blog post about a nutritious diet here.

If you are struggling with anxiety and would like some additional support, get in touch with Dalton Wise. Don’t forget, we are currently offering a free wellness session worth £70!

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