Anxiety affects your whole being, physiologically, psychologically and behaviourally. It can be experienced as mildly annoying to completely debilitating, which can interfere with daily functioning, overall well-being and quality of life.
Symptoms of anxiety vary greatly for each individual, and may be a vague and uncomfortable sense of unease, nervousness, worry or preoccupation about the future. Anxiety symptoms may be experienced as increased heart rate, pounding heart, or elevated blood pressure. Some people report sweating, muscle tension, dry mouth, nausea, breathing irregularities or tremors. In extreme forms, anxiety can lead to a feeling of being detached from the self, or individuals may develop a fear of dying, going crazy, or have experiences of sheer terror with an overwhelming need to escape.
However anxiety affects you, there are ways to manage and minimise the symptoms and improve your overall well-being and sense of calm.
Learning how to recognise and manage anxiety is the first step to improving your overall well-being and quality of life. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-based therapies are well recognised evidence-based treatments that have proven efficacy for treating anxiety. These therapies may be integrated and tailored to your specific needs, to help you return to a calm and balanced state of mind.