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  • Writer's pictureJane Shackell

How to Recognise Anxiety.

Updated: Feb 20

Living with anxiety can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. It can affect every aspect of our lives, from our personal relationships to our work performance. As a counsellor, I have encountered many individuals who are struggling to cope with their anxiety, and I understand the impact it can have on their mental and emotional well-being.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural response to stress or fear, often characterized by feelings of worry, unease, or nervousness. It is a normal part of life and can even be helpful in certain situations, as it can prompt us to take action or be vigilant in the face of potential danger. However, when anxiety becomes excessive or persistent, it can interfere with daily life and well-being.

Who is affected my anxiety?

Anxiety can affect individuals from all walks of life. It can be experienced by people of any age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses in the UK, affecting 8 million people. Some individuals may experience occasional episodes of anxiety, while others may live with chronic anxiety that significantly affects their wellbeing.

What are the signs and symptoms?

How can councelling help anxiety?

Counselling can be a valuable tool in managing and alleviating anxiety. Here are some ways in which counseling can help:

Identifying Triggers

A counselor can help you identify the specific triggers that contribute to your anxiety. By understanding these triggers, you can work on developing coping strategies to manage them more effectively.

Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques

Stress Management

Emotional Support

Lifestyle Changes

Overall, counselling can provide personalised support and guidance to address the underlying causes of anxiety and equip individuals with the tools and skills needed to manage and overcome it.


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