Here’s the thing: you can make friends with your mind. Because anxiety is actually designed to help you. It tells you when to fight or flee. And it’s a biological process that has kept you alive – and the human species evolving.
That’s why there’s no cure for anxiety: we need it to survive!
So when does anxiety become a problem?
When it’s triggered at the wrong time. Like when you worry about getting on a plane, or fret about the future.
You start sweating, your heart races, and you can’t focus your thoughts.
Or maybe you freeze, unable to do anything. Just like a deer in the headlights.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Here’s how common anxiety is in our world:
38% of people worry every day
Each year, 1 in 4 people will experience anxiety or another mental health ‘problem’
This week, 1 in 6 people will experience a mental health ‘problem’
Anxiety and other mental health disorders is one of the main causes of disease worldwide
Anxiety is on the rise
What’s your worry style?
I worry about everything
This is called generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
You worry about lots of different things
You may worry about money, relationships or your health
You wonder ‘what if…’
You may feel nervous a lot, sweat, have trouble sleeping, feel irritated, or have tummy troubles
Women are twice as likely as men to have GAD
I worry what people think
This is called social anxiety
You worry that people will see you as silly, weak or anxious
You may be shy and afraid to speak in public
You may find it hard to leave the house
You may avoid meeting new people
You may feel insecure in your relationships
Got another worry?
You fear a specific thing or situation. This is called a phobia.
You worry about leaving something undone, or being contaminated. This is called obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
You worry your anxiety will get out of control, or make you sick. This is called panic disorder.