What is anxiety? 🧐
The word ‘anixety ‘ is being used more often than ever in today’s society.
That makes us ask the question “is this an anxiety-prone generation?” or is there not enough anxiety help available?
Is enough being done to provide those in need with the support around anxiety or isn’t this mental illness being taken seriously enough?😯
Anxiety is a type of worry that something could go wrong, a feeling that a potential threat is about to occur.
Although uncommonly spoken about there are different types of anxiety.
Anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling that anyone can experience at any time. The word often describes a feeling of nervousness, tense or uptight feeling.
The most common types of anxiety are:
Anxiety levels have skyrocketed in today’s generation. Many people have complained about feeling nervous with anxiety and depression remaining the most common mental health disorders in the UK.
So why has anxiety risen so much in today’s generation?👁😮
Well, there are various factors but the lack of investment into mental health in most western governments is a significant factor.
Anxiety in the UK🚩
Nowadays there are expectations to ‘keep up with the Jones’ and to be seen as you are living an affluent lifestyle, with the latest gadgets, exploring the most extravagant landscapes and wearing the most, update to date designer clothes.
This is a considerable contrast to how life was fifty years ago. Fifty years ago, social media didn’t exist, which in effect lessened the expectations of people ( as you were not constantly shown what others were up to!).
Also, the ideal lifestyle back then was completely different from how it is now. Not only were there fewer expectations, but the focus was also less on a lavish lifestyle and more on having a stable career and family.
As we are the most connected generation, we now have access to many methods of getting in contact with one and another. Which means news is able to spread quickly – almost immediately in some cases.
This may have caused the increase in anxiety because the latest devastations and catastrophes are easily made noticeable and awareness of them are gained rapidly- which may influence you to think you are constantly in danger, causing constant panic and fear in everyday life.
Then, of course, there are reasons such as not dealing with trauma, stress from work, school, relationships and an unexpected life event. All are likely to result in stress, which over time may result in a type of anxiety and maybe even a panic attack. The rest of the blog will provide you will tips on how to deal with your anxiety and even may help prevent you from developing anxiety in the future.
Anxiety help online⌨
Surprisingly even the most confident people may suffer from anxiety. Anxiety does not affect a certain type of person.
It can and does affect anyone; despite gender, race or religion. As many as 1 in 6 people suffer from anxiety, these means up to 5 people you work or school with – may suffer from a type of anxiety and you may not even know it; anything from social anxiety, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), exam stress, worry or panic attacks.
I’m sure you are curious as to what type of anxiety help is out there to help decrease the level of uncertainty and negative feelings that anxiety brings.
Fortunately, there are techniques and methods on how to manage your anxiety in the right way:
Learning more about anxiety. ✔
You are likely to be less scared about something you know and understand. Therefore, the more you understand about anxiety the less stressed you are likely to be. A useful domino effect that is good to know.
Learning how to challenge your unhelpful thoughts and see things in a more realistic light.😁
Anxiety can make you perceive every thought to be negative and out of your control.
This is why it is is important to teach yourself to challenge these negative thoughts caused by anxiety.
You should teach yourself that your negative thoughts are just that, usually based on wrong assumptions or fear that has been produced by your worry and anixety. Truth be told, it is not an easy technique to learn – channelling your negative thoughts however once mastered, it will make controlling your anxiety easier and ensure the anxious feelings do not increase into a panic attack.
Use positive affirmations to curb your anxiety💪🏻
Using positive affirmations are also a great way of helping you implement the new habit of challenging your thoughts.
Here are some positive affirmations to try:
I am capable
I have survived all of my bad moments before
I have incredible strength
Improving your problem solving skills.🎈
Learning how to problem solve may help reduce your anxiety levels.
As anxiety makes you feel like everything is out of your control and you are not able to focus or find solutions therefore by working your problem-solving skills, by practising on things like cross words and Sukduo.
It may help you rationalise your anxious thoughts and be able t use the skills learnt in the puzzles to help solve your irrational thoughts caused by anxiety.
Learning how to reduce the amount of time you spend worrying.
This tip is definitely easier said than done. However, again once mastered will be a key pointer in helping eliminate anxious thoughts. The whole idea points to learning how to distract your mind.
When you find yourself worrying, instead of allowing the thoughts to spiral out of control, learning how to distract your mind and think about an alternative or something completely different.
For example, if you find yourself worrying about something that is out of your control like exam results instead of dwelling on the possible outcomes, developing a ‘safe’ word to distract your mind every time you begin to think about exam results.
You think about exam results – you say your safe word eg ‘cake’ = you distracting your mind. This technique won’t be mastered overnight but like anything repetition makes things stick. So over time, you will be able to distract your mind.
Learning how you can feel more relaxed (physically and mentally).🙌🏻
Self-care! Although some may see this as a buzz word nowadays with every blogger, social media outlet and newspaper using it.
The definition of the word is key to feeling less anxious. Allocating time to look after yourself is incredibly important. Indluging in whatever it is you enhoy doing. It also gives you something to look forward to which is always great when you have anxiety as having something to look forward to definitely helps ease anxious feelings.
Learning how to stop avoiding things that make you anxious.
Facing your fears head on instead of avoiding them, may also decrease your anxiety levels.
If we go back to the exam example; say you are dreading an upcoming exam it is causing your sleepless and making you irritable and anxious, instead of avoiding anything to do with the exam; creating a plan to execute how you could do well in the exam is sure to make you feel better.
Then even a step further would be to break down that plan, to small actionable steps that do not feel daunting to complete.
Anxiety help for teens
Chances are you are a teenager dealing with anxiety if these feelings have been lasting a significantly long time and you have tried the tips above but it feels as though nothing is working. It would be great to see a doctor, although some may find doing so daunting, it truly may be the best answer.
A doctor will be able to share professional knowledge and resources on what can be done to make you feel better. A doctor may suggest medication, social prescription or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, either separately or all together.
Anxiety help apps
Well, of course, I am going to recommend the Half Full Not Empty app (HFNE app).
It is great not only does it have the ability to track your moods for you to identify when you may need extra help but it also has proactive practical activities on there to help you smooth your anxiety.
In addition, online on-demand counselling at affordable rates ensure you are able to receive help at a convenient time for you.
Of course, there are other apps available that are great, here is a list of a few below.
Anxiety help books📘📗
If you prefer to read instead of using technology to help ease your anxiety, you can find some great books on Amazon either on paperback version or audible books.
These books will help transform your way of thinking and give you practical tips.
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne
Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life by Gary John Bishop
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
These are some good ones to get stuck into, just to name a few. For more great finds, simply search ‘anixety help books’ on google and read the reviews before you buy.
Most books will also have a preview so you can have a little read and decide if they are for you or not.
Anxiety help NHS😋
Have you visited the NHS page?
There are some great resources and information into anxiety. As mentioned above one of the best ways to conquer anxiety is to understand it and immerse yourself in knowledge surrounding it. A great way to do this activity is to become aware of the information on the NHS page about anxiety.
Anxiety help quotes📑
As mentioned earlier in the post. Self-affirmations are great for helping with your anxiety, that helps change your perception of life and your understanding of your irritational thoughts.
Although this technique doesn’t work overnight, it definitely works.
Why not try and come up with your own helpful quotes you can use to help remind yourself that you are more than anxiety.
Empowering quotes you can refer to whenever you are having a low moment or you feel negative irrational moments sinking in.
These quotes or sayings can be anything you want, anything that makes you feel good and reminds you of your worth. For tips on where to start, simply google ‘positive affirmations’ and make a note with the quotes that resonate with you.
Here are some great anxiety help quotes we found:
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
— Benjamin Franklin
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.
– Karen Salmansohn
No longer forward nor behind I look in hope and fear; But grateful take the good I find, The best of now and here.
— John G. Whittier
Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
— Arthur Somers Roche
Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.
— Dalai Lama
Anxiety helpline 24 hours☎📞
Last but not least talking to someone about your anxiety or any worries you may have, will help in easing your anxiety.
Always speak to a loved one if you are troubled and need support. Unfortunately, not everyone feels comfortable enough to speak about their feelings and emotions.
Therefore, it may be easier for you, if that sounds like you, to speak to someone you do not know. Below are some helplines that will be able to help you.
Be sure to contact them or someone – never suffer in silence, its not worth it, life is too short.
MindInfoline: 0300 123 3393
Anxiety UK (formerly National Phobics Society)
Helpline: 08444 775 774
Helpline: 0845 296 7877 (10-10 daily)
Helpline: 0844 967 4848
Helpline: 0800 11 11
Helpline: 0808 802 5544
Thanks for making it to the end and go kick anxiety’s ass!