Feelings of worry, low confidence, fear or nerves are often described as anxiety.
Anxiety is normal and can happen with different life events or changes. In some situations anxiety is expected and can help but in some situations it can develop into more of a problem.
Anxiety can also affect us mentally. As well as this, anxiety affects us mentally too. For example, when anxious, we often worry for large periods of time, so much so that our worry can feel out of control. These worries are often about a variety of issues and commonly our mind jumps quickly from one worry to another.
Anxiety also influences how we behave. For instance, when we feel anxious, we often avoid doing things that we want to because we are worried about how they will turn out. Although short experiences of anxiety are part and parcel of daily life, it becomes challenging when anxiety begins to follow people around and is a regular feature in their lives.
Reference: Edmund J Bourne, (2005) MoodJuice. NHS.
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