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What is anxiety? 2017-09-06T10:56:11+00:00

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.

So, what now?

Connect with other worry warriors in our private Facebook group – and get help managing your anxiety.

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Want tools and tricks to ease your anxiety? Try this handy guide.

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Want more facts and stats? See what science says about anxiety.

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