One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year, the most common being anxiety and depression.
Anxiety is used to describe feelings of unease, worry and fear, incorporating both emotions and physical sensations we might experience when we are concerned or nervous about something.
It’s common to feel tense, anxious and perhaps fearful at the thought of a stressful event or decision you are facing e.g. starting a new job, moving house or even having a baby.
So what are the common physical and psychological symptoms of anxiety? Physically, anxiety could result in feeling nauseous, having a headache, faster breathing, raised blood pressure or even difficulty in sleeping. The psychological symptoms of anxiety could include feelings of nervousness, fearing the worst will happen, or that others can see you are anxious and are looking at you. It could also leave you dwelling on past experiences as well as lasting feelings of restlessness and lack of concentration.
There are a variety of triggers which can cause anxiety, this could be down to stress at work, within your relationship or even financial worries.
Anxiety is a normal human experience and it can sometimes be difficult to know when or if it is a problem. It can become a mental health problem if your feelings of anxiety are very strong or last for a long time.