What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, which can be mild or extreme. It is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid – especially about things that are about to happen, or which we think could happen in the future. Feelings of anxiety are completely normal in certain situations, such as taking an exam or having a job interview. However, some people suffer from anxiety daily and the feelings can be constant.

When does anxiety become a problem?

Anxiety can be a problem when it is impacting your ability to live your daily life. If you feel that your anxiety is intense, ongoing, hard to control or out of proportion to your situation, it can be the sign of a mental health problem. Anxiety can also cause you to withdraw from your friends, family or certain situations. Whilst this can offer you some short-term relief, the anxiety will often return the next time you are in the situation. Avoiding people, places or situations reinforces the feelings of fear and danger. For example, it may be a problem if:

• Your feelings of anxiety are very strong or last for a long time
• You avoid certain situations that might cause you to feel anxious
• You regularly experience symptoms of anxiety
• You find it hard to go about your everyday life

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety can affect both your body and your mind. Symptoms of anxiety can include:

• Feeling on edge or panic
• A feeling of dread or fearing the worst
• Irritability
• Difficulty concentrating
• Feeling detached
• Heart palpitations
• Nausea
• Sweating
• Restlessness
• Sleep problems
• Needing the toilet more or less

How can we help?

At Hapus Hypnotherapy we can help you take control of your anxiety levels. Hypnotherapy can help you be calmer and more confident when handling these situations and help to stop anxiety affecting your daily life.

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