I feel anxious

What is Anxiety?

Find out more about anxiety and why you might feel this way...


What is Anxiety?

We all get worried from time to time, but sometimes this starts to affect our day to day lives.

Anxiety is a feeling of unease that can affect you a little or a lot. You may or may not know why you're feeling that way. Anxiety can give you different feelings in your mind and body that can lead you to react in different ways.

Why do we feel anxious?

Anxiety is our body's way of dealing with situations that feel dangerous.

If you were being chased by an elephant your body would release certain hormones to help you deal with the danger (e.g. adrenaline and cortisol).

These make your responses quicker and make your blood pump faster. These hormones might lead you to run away, charge back at the elephant or freeze on the spot. This is called fight, flight or freeze.


It can be hard to know why you feel anxious sometimes...

Click the boxes for any of the things that make you feel anxious.

Anxiety can sometimes be related to feelings of stress. If you want to know more about managing stress click here.

Do I have something wrong with me?

Find out how others manage their anxieties and how you can help yourself.


Do I have something wrong with me?

It is very natural to feel anxious in response to difficult or stressful situations. Anxiety can become a problem if it starts to get in the way of you living a happy life. You may notice that this is happening if:

  • You have started to avoid people or places because of feeling anxious
  • Your anxiety feels very strong or difficult to get rid of
  • Your worries feel much bigger than the problems or situations you are facing
  • You feel your anxiety is out of control and it is impacting your day to day life
  • You are experiencing symptoms of anxiety like panic attacks regularly

You are not alone...

Other young people have struggled with these feelings too. Watch this video to hear some of their stories.

Scroll down for our self-prescription below to work out how you can be like them and manage your anxiety!

  1. There are lots of different things you can try to help feel less worried or anxious, which we will show you in the next section. If these don't seem to help, it is always best to seek advice from your GP.
  2. If you are worried about speaking to a doctor, the Doc Ready site can help you prepare for your appointment.
  3. Treatment can be offered for anxiety if it is having a significant impact on your life. This is likely to be Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Find out more about CBT by clicking here. Its not always CBT that will help, you will be offered different kind of support depending on your needs.
  4. Before getting treatment, why not try our 'self prescription' below, which includes loads of ways that you can help yourself with anxiety!

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Find help, tips and ideas.

How can I manage my anxieties?

We have put together a few useful resources to help with how you're feeling.


Step 1: Keep a diary

Keeping a record of difficult situations can help you to understand more about what makes you worried and why. You might be able to spot patterns and triggers which can help you to prepare and ask for help when you need it.

Questions you can ask:

  1. How can I describe the situation?
  2. How did you feel?
  3. What thoughts did you have?
  4. What sensations did you notice in your body?
  5. How are you feeling now?

Step 2. Challenge your thoughts

Sometimes when you feel anxious you can have really bad thoughts about yourself. Sometimes it can be helpful to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you have any evidence that your thought is true?
  2. What would someone close to you say about this?
  3. What are the positives and negatives of thinking in this way?
  4. Is there another way of looking at the situation?

Step 3. Reach out to someone

Talking to someone you trust can often really help with how you are feeling. Starting the conversation can sometimes be difficult and it's important to make sure that you are comfortable with what you are sharing.

If you struggle with reaching out, try chatting while you are doing an activity or reaching out through text or direct message.

If you're not sure who to talk to, you can text YM to 85258 for free 24/7 text support provided by Young Minds.

Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

Texts can be anonymous, but if the volunteer believes you are at immediate risk of harm, they may share your details with people who can provide support.


Get Help

If you feel that your anxiety is getting in the way of your day to day life, it may be a good idea to get some help.

Click here to find mental health support services in your area

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