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Anxiety can feel different for each person and it’s more than just feeling stressed out

What is anxiety?

Feeling a bit of anxiety or worry occasionally, in response to a particular situation is all part of the normal spectrum of human emotion. These “normal” feelings of anxiety or stress usually disappear once the situation is over.  Having anxiety is when these symptoms don’t go away once the situation or event has passed.

There are 6 types of anxiety and they can feel different for each person.  When these feelings of anxiety or stress are often there for an extended period of time and for no particular reason, they can start to negatively impact a person’s life, for example by preventing them from attending social events, or it can affect their relationships. This is when that person could be considered to have anxiety. Of course there are also anxiety tests that can be taken to determine if anxiety is, or is starting to become, a problem.

What does it feel like to have anxiety?

Having anxiety isn’t the same for everyone but some of the symptoms are: 

  • Racing thoughts: eg. worrying about future events or stressing out about past situations
  • Persistent thoughts: eg. being unable to stop thinking about a particular person, situation or event
  • Feeling of fear: this can also be a feeling of dread (once someone described it to me as a feeling of impending doom)
  • Restlessness: finding it hard to be still and calm
  • Physical symptoms: eg. a tightness or pressure on the chest or a churning stomach, tingling or numb hands or feet, shortness of breath
  • Fatigue: feeling tired or exhausted for no good reason
  • Irritability: eg finding other people or situations annoying, for no reason
  • Panic attacks: sometimes also called anxiety attacks, or panic disorder, this is when our fight or flight response is switched on at times when it is not needed. People having a panic attack often feel terrified and have heart palpitations as well as feeling tense, sweaty, cold, nauseous and dizzy. See below for more detail
  • Insomnia or problems sleeping: this can include problems getting to sleep and also staying asleep

Do you think you might have anxiety? Click here to take the anxiety test and find out.

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Types of anxiety

The term Anxiety Disorder is a general one which encompasses several different types of anxiety:

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

GAD involves excessive, continuous and often irrational worry about situations or activities. The person with GAD will often be aware that their worries are excessive or irrational. These persistent worries often interfere with daily life, and sufferers tend to be overly concerned about everyday things such as health, finances, family, friendship and relationships, or work issues.

Symptoms of GAD:

  • Feeling restless or on edge
  • Being easily tired
  • Trouble concentrating 
  • Irritability
  • Inability to control feelings of worry
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep problems: trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep, waking tired

Some other, physical symptoms of GAD can include:

  • Headaches 
  • Numbness in hands and feet
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Trembling 
  • Sweating
  • Rashes

How do I know if I have GAD?

To be diagnosed with GAD, you must have displayed 3 of these symptoms consistently, for six months or more. 

Women are twice as likely to develop GAD as men

What causes GAD?

There is unlikely to be just one thing that causes GAD; usually the cause of Generalised Anxiety Disorder is a combination of factors such as:

  • Genetic predisposition: there is some evidence to suggest that there is a particular gene associated with GAD. However, the cause of GAD is likely to be an interplay between both genetic and lifestyle factors.
  • Brain chemistry: problems with, or a deficiency of, the neurotransmitters in the brain have been linked to Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Life experiences, in particular stressful ones in childhood or a recent trauma can contribute to a person developing GAD
  • Personality: people with certain personality traits such as timidity or negativity have an increased risk of developing GAD
  • Other illnesses: having another mental health disorder or a chronic illness can lead to increased risk

Women are twice as likely to develop GAD as men.

GAD is more common in those who have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or a family history of anxiety.

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Phobias

A phobia is an intense fear of a particular object or situation which generally exceeds the appropriate response. 

According to the Australia Psychological Society, these are the most common phobias:
Animal: e.g. insects, snakes and dogs

Natural environment: eg heights, storms, water, the dark 

Situational phobias: eg closed-in areas (claustrophobia), motorway driving, bridges, tunnels 

Blood-injection-injury: eg fear of blood, needles, injury or other medical procedures.

There are also other phobias not included in this list such as the fear of getting a disease, or in one unusual case I have come across; a woman who had a phobia of tomato sauce.

Social phobia (also known as social anxiety disorder) and agoraphobia are also phobias and have their own sections below.

Those suffering a phobia know that their fear is irrational but are unable to control their feelings.

These phobias can cause extreme distress and those with a phobia may find that it interferes with their normal life. Often they may find themselves avoiding everyday situations in order to steer clear of their phobia. For example, a woman who had acrophobia (a fear of heights) and had to turn down a job she wanted because her office would have been on the 16th floor of a tall building.

How does it feel to have a phobia?

When faced with the phobia, the terror of it can be extremely overwhelming and the symptoms are similar to those of a panic attack. 

Symptoms of phobia:

  • Feeling of intense fear, panic or impending doom
  • Heart palpitations or increased heart rate. Some people say they can hear their heart beating at these times
  • Difficulty breathing or hyperventilation
  • Feelings of dying or choking
  • Chest pain
  • Sweating
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Feeling out of control or losing your mind
  • Hot or cold flushes
  • Dizziness, light-headedness or feeling faint
  • Feeling as if you or everything around you is not real, or feeling detached from yourself or your surroundings
  • Nausea and/or churning stomach
  • Muscle cramps
  • Strong urge to run away
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Knowing your fear is irrational but being unable to control it

How do I know if I have a phobia?

Phobias are actually quite common (such as the phobia of public speaking which is one I’m working on) and affect about 9% of the population. Generally you know if you have a phobia of something based on your reaction compared to the others around you and also how much it affects your day-to-day life.

If your phobia doesn’t affect your daily life that much then it’s not something to be overly concerned about. If you have a phobia of heights for example, and live in a country town with no tall buildings, it’s less of a concern than if you live in a crowded city where high rise apartment living is the norm.

You need to seek help if your phobia is interfering in your life, in that it is preventing you from doing the things you would otherwise enjoy.

What causes phobias?

Most phobias are developed in childhood, however there are a few factors which increase a person’s risk of developing a specific phobia:

  • Genetic: there is some evidence to suggest that genetic factors have a role to play in specific phobias as those who have a family history of a particular type of phobia are more likely to develop that phobia.
  • Past experience: A phobia may develop from a negative past experience, for example a person may become phobic of dogs after being bitten by one.
  • Indirect experience: A person may develop a particular phobia after seeing someone else’s reaction to that same trigger.

Treatment for phobias

A psychologist is likely to be your best port of call for phobia treatment. They are likely to use one of the treatment methods below:

Exposure therapy: this is considered the most effective treatment method for specific phobias. This involves changing a person’s response to the object or situation that they fear. The treatment involves gradually exposing a person to their phobia and their thought patterns through several, progressively more difficult steps in a controlled environment. For example, if a person has a phobia of dogs, it may begin with imagining a dog, then moving onto looking at a dog behind a one-way mirror, to being in the same room as a dog, then standing closer to the dog and eventually patting the dog.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): this involves helping the person become aware of the unhelpful thoughts around their phobia and seeks to challenge them.

CBT recognises that the way we think and act affects how we feel. Through CBT, people uncover the negative thought patterns that are contributing to their anxiety. There have been many studies showing that CBT appears to be the one of the most effective therapies for depression and anxiety.

Dr. David D. Burns, author of Feeling Good, which sold over 4 million copies, explains that “cognitive therapy can be at least as effective as drugs, and for many patients appear to be more effective”. 

Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder that is often developed after having at least one panic attack.

Typically, agoraphobia starts off as mild anxiety about an event or situation or even a place. It can start off as the fear of enclosed places, open spaces, busy places, transportation, bridges and leaving home. 

The underlying fear is having a panic attack when exposed to these circumstances and of losing control or embarrassing oneself. A person with agoraphobia is unwilling to visit ‘unsafe’ places, because they are afraid that doing so will trigger anxiety or a panic attack. 

People with agoraphobia often have a hard time feeling safe in any public place, especially where crowds gather. You may feel that you need a companion, such as a relative or friend, to go with you to public places. The fear of having a panic attack can become so overwhelming that you may feel unable to leave home at all.

Symptoms of agoraphobia include fear of:

  • Leaving home (especially on your own) 
  • Enclosed spaces such as shopping centres
  • Open spaces such as parking lots
  • Busy places such as train stations
  • Transportation and bridges
  • Being alone (especially in social situations)
  • Being in a place which would be difficult to escape from (eg. elevator or movie theatre)

How do I know if I have agoraphobia?

Showing extreme distress in two or more of the situations above could mean that you have agoraphobia. Having both panic disorder and agoraphobia together is very common. To be diagnosed with both together you must have had at least one panic attack and that must also be accompanied by a change in your daily life/actions, a fear of further panic attacks also a fear of the consequences of having panic attacks.

Sometimes a medical condition could cause some similar symptoms to agoraphobia and you would need to see a doctor to rule that out.

What causes agoraphobia?

As with all anxiety disorders, there is no one root cause, it is usually a combination of risk factors. The common risk factors for agoraphobia are:

  • Having a panic attack or panic disorder
  • Having depression
  • Having another anxiety disorder such as phobias, GAD or OCD
  • Genetics: family history of agoraphobia
  • Temperament: having a nervous or anxious personality
  • Past trauma: for example abuse, or the death of someone close
  • Substance abuse

Treatments for agoraphobia

If you have agoraphobia you may feel uncomfortable about going to a doctor’s or a psychologist’s clinic. Look for a health care professional who specialises in this area as they will be familiar with this issue and may be willing to meet you in your home or at a place you consider safe. 

Some online programs specialising in anxiety may help to alleviate the signs, symptoms and fears associated with agoraphobia.

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Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is sometimes referred to as social phobia. It is a fear of social situations. People who experience social anxiety feel anxious about being judged and worry about humiliating themselves in front of others. They are usually very self-conscious about how they look and what others will think of them.  As a result of these worries, people with social anxiety find social situations such as parties, events, or eating or drinking in public stressful and will often avoid them altogether. This can have a negative impact on their relationships and professional lives as well as their ability to live life the way they want. 

According to the Social Anxiety Institute, it is likely that 13-14% of people will develop social anxiety at some point during their life. 

What does it feel like to have social anxiety?

People with social anxiety often have feelings of embarrassment, self-consciousness, humiliation, depression, inferiority and inadequacy. 

People with social anxiety usually feel extreme distress in the following situations:

  • Being introduced to someone
  • Being watched by others for example whilst eating or drinking
  • Speaking to a group, either presenting or going around the room and having to speak
  • Being in a social situation, especially with strangers
  • Meeting people in authority
  • Being teased or criticised
  • Relationships including friendships and romantic relationships

Physical symptoms of social anxiety

  • Feeling of fear
  • Turning red
  • Heart pounding or racing
  • Sweating
  • Dry throat and mouth, difficulty swallowing
  • Shaking
  • Twitching muscles
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea

How do I know if I have social anxiety?

You may be experiencing social anxiety if you display several of these symptoms for 6 months or more and they negatively impact your life, causing you to avoid situations that you might enjoy.

What causes social anxiety?

There are a few risk factors for social anxiety:

Personality: Being shy or timid. Children who are particularly clingy and/or cry easily and teenagers who are very socially reserved are at greater risk of developing social anxiety.

Genetics: there is some evidence to suggest that social anxiety can be hereditary.

Environment: there can often be a trigger in the past which contributed to someone developing social anxiety (eg abuse or bullying).

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Panic Disorder

This is characterised by panic attacks (sometimes called anxiety attacks).  It is surprisingly common for people to have a panic attack; Beyond Blue estimate that up to 40% of the population will have one or two panic attacks in their life, perhaps in response to a particularly stressful situation. However this is not considered panic disorder. 

When someone has a panic attack, their flight or fight response is activated. Back in the days when we fought off predators, this was a useful safety device. It allowed us to move quickly, escaping a dangerous situation, or prepared our bodies to fight. However in most situations these days, it’s not appropriate to fight or to flee and so instead, our body’s response becomes quite a frightening ordeal.  

Although panic attacks can be terrifying, according to Geddes, Price and McKnight in their book Psychiatry, panic attacks themselves are not typically physically harmful.

Attacks can happen unexpectedly or as a result of a particular trigger, for example a feared object, event or situation. 

Symptoms of panic attacks include:

  • Feeling of intense fear, panic or impending doom
  • Heart palpitations or increased heart rate. Some people say they can hear their heart beating at these times
  • Difficulty breathing or hyperventilation
  • Feelings of dying or choking
  • Chest pain
  • Sweating
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Feeling out of control or losing your mind
  • Hot or cold flushes
  • Dizziness, light-headedness or feeling faint
  • Feeling as if you or everything around you is not real, or feeling detached from yourself or your surroundings
  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramps
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Headache

Panic attacks usually reach a peak within 10 minutes and typically last for around half an hour, although the duration can vary between a few seconds to hours. Afterwards, it can leave the person feeling very drained.

Some people may have multiple panic attacks in one day and others may only have them once every few years. In some cases people have been known to have panic attacks while they are asleep and wake up to the anxiety attack.

People suffering from panic attacks often have anxiety about having another panic attack. Because of the fear of the next attack, they may try to prevent it by avoiding certain triggers such as places, people or objects that they associate with a previous panic attack.

This can cause complications such as:

  • Limiting activities
  • Avoiding social situations 
  • Problems at work
  • Depression and further anxiety
  • Increased risk of suicide or suicidal thoughts
  • Alcohol or drug abuse 
  • Financial problems
  • In some cases this can even lead to agoraphobia.

How do I know if I have panic disorder?

According to Beyond Blue, if you have felt more than four of the symptoms on the list above and have also:

  • Felt worried for a month or more about experiencing them again
  • Changed your behaviour to try to avoid having another attack 

Then you may be experiencing panic disorder.

There are several questionnaires which can help to diagnose panic disorder. The best-performing test is the Patient Health Questionnaire, a multiple choice, self-assessment quiz. Click here to take the test.

What causes Panic disorder?

There isn’t one particular cause for panic disorder, it’s usually a combination of a few factors, such as:

Triggered from another mental health issue such as another anxiety disorder or depression. 

Family medical history: some studies suggest there may be a genetic component, in that it is more common for people with a family history of mental health disorders to have panic disorder.

Medical conditions: conditions such as heart disease, hyperthyroidism, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and irritable bowel syndrome are associated with panic disorder. 

Lifestyle factors: 
Smoking and caffeine increase the likelihood of a panic attack occurring. 

Drug use also increases the possibility of panic attacks.

Major stress: for example redundancy or the death or illness of someone close.

Temperament: people who are more sensitive to stress or prone to negative emotions are more likely to suffer from panic disorder.

Life changes: for example a divorce or separation or the addition of a baby

Negative life events: A history of childhood abuse or a sexual assault or major accident.

What are some treatments for panic attacks?

CBT : this involves changing behaviour and thinking behind worrying thoughts in order to alleviate panic attacks. According to the Australian Department of Health, “the goal is to help you develop a less upsetting understanding of physical changes that occur when you are anxious”.

There is evidence that CBT is more effective than medication in both the short and long term. One advantage of CBT over medication is that it has been shown to be helpful in the long-term, i.e. several months to several years after short-term treatment has finished.

Smoking, caffeine and stress need to be minimised as much as possible.

Other facts about panic disorders

Panic attacks usually begin in early adulthood, although they can start at any age.

Women are more likely to have a panic attack than men. 

Panic attacks occur more frequently in women with above-average intelligence 

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is when the person tries to manage the persistent or racing thoughts associated with anxiety by repetitively performing certain behaviours or rituals. Those with OCD are often aware that their behaviours are irrational but they are unable to control them. Around 2% of people in Australia experience OCD and it can be a very distressing condition.

What does it feel like to have OCD?

People with OCD usually experience obsessions or compulsions, or both, which can take up hours of each day. The obsession is the persistent thought and the compulsion is the act performed to alleviate the thought. 

People with OCD usually feel intense shame about their behaviour, which then makes the shame worse and leads to secrecy. This tends to delay diagnosis and treatment. It can also lead to social disability such as non-attendance at school for children, or adults being unable to leave the house.  

The most common obsessions and compulsions are below. They are exaggerated versions of concerns that many people experience at some time. People with OCD don’t necessarily experience all of the symptoms on the list. 

Symptoms: Obsessions/compulsions

  • Safety/checking: fear of harm. Can lead to excessive checking of locks, kitchen appliances and anything else related to safety
  • Cleanliness: fear of contamination from germs, dirt, toxins. Leads to excessive hand washing or cleaning the body
  • Counting/hoarding: a need for orderliness, routine and symmetry. Can lead to compulsive counting and ordering of objects, saying words or performing rituals such as tapping and touching something a certain number of times. Also hoarding old/useless items 
  • Persistent sexual or violent thoughts: Can lead to disgust of sexual activity
  • Concerns about religious issues or illness. Can lead to needing to pray a certain number of times each day

How do I know if I have OCD?

There is a chance you have OCD if:

  • You have repetitively done one or more activity in a similar way each time (eg hand washing, checking the gas is switched off, counting/touching an object a certain number of times).
  • After performing this activity you felt better but then felt compelled to repeat it.
  • You thought that these behaviours may be irrational but felt unable to stop doing them
  • You find yourself engaged in these thoughts/behaviours for more than an hour a day and/or find that they affect your daily life.

What causes OCD?

There is no single cause, however there are several risk factors, both biological and environmental:

Neuroimaging studies show that the brain seems to function differently in people with OCD. There is evidence to suggest there could be an abnormality or imbalance in the neurotransmitters in the brain.

OCD can develop as a result of a past experience or from learning the behaviour from another person.

Having another mental health condition such as depression increases your risk for OCD.

Substance abuse is linked to development of OCD.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Those with PTSD can experience feelings of terror or helplessness. This is usually a result of experiencing a trauma which threatened their safety or their life, or the lives of those around them. Common traumas include: war, torture, sexual or physical abuse, road or other serious accidents, disasters such as earthquakes, fires or floods. 

It is common to experience feelings of fear, anxiety and the other symptoms of PTSD in the weeks following a trauma. However they usually resolve on their own, or with the help of family and friends. It is when these feelings persist for two weeks or more that it might be recommend to start some form of treatment.  

How do I know if I have PTSD?

Those with PTSD often relive the trauma, experiencing the same emotions they did at the time of the trauma. 

Symptoms of PTSD

  • Flashbacks: including unwanted and persistent memories or nightmares of the trauma, including panic attacks.
  • Feeling overly uptight: constantly aware and on edge, on the lookout for danger, difficulty sleeping, concentrating and irritability.
  • Feeling numb: feeling detached from the world around, including family and friends. Also a loss of interest in daily activities.
  • Avoidance: steering clear of any reminders of the event including avoiding activities, people, places associated with the trauma.

What causes PTSD?

PTSD develops as a result of a trauma in a person’s life. Usually in a situation where they felt that their safety or their life or the lives of those around them were in danger.

How do I know if I have PTSD?

To be diagnosed with PTSD you must have experienced, witnessed or been exposed to (eg through your job), a trauma. It is also possible to have PTSD through learning of or witnessing someone close going through trauma. 

You would also have experienced flashbacks, nightmares or distressing memories of the trauma and found these to be extremely upsetting.

In addition, those with PTSD have also experienced two of the following:

  • Trouble remembering key components of the event 
  • Negative thoughts about yourself, others or the world
  • Blaming yourself or others for what happened
  • Intrusive negative, angry or guilty thoughts 
  • Disinterested in things you used to like
  • Detachment from others
  • Struggle to feel positive emotions 

And also two of the following:

  • Difficulty with sleep (either falling asleep or staying asleep or nightmares)
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Easily irritated
  • Taking part in dangerous or self destructive activities
  • Feeling hyper-alert or aware
  • Easily startled

If you have been experiencing these for a month or more, there is a chance you are suffering from PTSD.

Treatments for PTSD

Family and friends: Support from those close to you is extremely important for most people experiencing PTSD. 

There are effective treatments and it is recommended to start with psychological treatments rather than medication, although medication can be used in some cases. Speak to your medical practitioner. 

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Treatments For Anxiety

Medication

Medication is not the most effective treatment for anxiety, however it is among the most common, especially in severe cases. There are a few different types of anxiety medication. To get a prescription for medication you will need to see your doctor.

Anti-depressant medication

Some anti-depressant medication is helpful to people with anxiety, even if they do not have depression.

The idea behind medication is that those with anxiety and depression have an imbalance in the brain chemicals serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine. Medication seeks to address that imbalance.

As with all medication there are side effects such as nausea, weight gain, dizziness, sweating, sexual difficulties, headaches, dry mouth and agitation among others. In addition, the time between starting to take the anti-depressant and seeing a response can be 2 weeks or more. It can then take several months to get the right balance of medication for you.

Those wanting to use medication should speak to their doctor about the benefits and risks.

Benzodiazepines

These types of drugs are prescribed to be used in the short term (2 to 3 weeks) to help with anxiety.  They reduce tension and aid in relaxation. However, if overused they can reduce alertness, affect coordination and can be addictive.

Psychological

CBT: CBT recognises that the way we think and act affects how we feel. Through CBT, people uncover the negative thought patterns that are contributing to their anxiety. There have been many studies showing that CBT appears to be the one of the most effective therapies for depression and anxiety.

Dr. David D. Burns, author of Feeling Good, which sold over 4 million copies, explains that “cognitive therapy can be at least as effective as drugs, and for many patients appear to be more effective”.

Behaviour therapy

Behaviour therapy differs from CBT in that it doesn’t try to change your beliefs. Behaviour therapy is more action-based. What this means for those with anxiety is something called “graded exposure”. There are a few different approaches but in general the idea is that, with a help of a therapist, you would gradually expose yourself to the thing/situation that is causing the anxiety in order to learn to cope with it.

Lifestyle and natural treatments

Self treatments empower you to be able to mange your mental health yourself; understanding your body and mind and what you need to do to take care of them.

Meditation

There are many studies showing the effectiveness of meditation on anxiety symptoms.

Meditation trains your brain to focus on the here and now. By focussing on the present moment and what is in a particular moment, anxiety subsides.

Meditation also quiets the mind. When we have anxiety, persistent, racing thoughts can be troublesome as we buy into these thoughts and get carried away in worries and imagined outcomes. Meditation teaches you to allow these thoughts to pass without engaging with them, which enables a calmer mind.

Meditation also changes the physical structure of the brain. It causes parts of the brain responsible for learning, memory, emotion processing, empathy, compassion and perspective taking, to get bigger. As well as this, the amygdala which is (part of the limbic system and) responsible for fear and the fight or flight response, gets smaller in those who meditate.

This is important for those who experience anxiety because it shows that through meditation, we can change the physical structure of the brain to make us less fearful and susceptible to panic responses and more compassionate, empathetic and able to gain better perspective on life.

Exercise

Exercise is considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce anxiety and depression. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress (cortisol) has depleted our energy or ability to concentrate.

Regular exercise has also been found to be equally as effective as antidepressant medication in the treatment of mild to moderate depression. A recent study found that an increase of physical activity from inactive to three times a week resulted in a 20% decrease of the risk of depression”. Read What Exercise Does to your Mind, Body and Anxiety Levels for more information.

Nutrition

Amending your diet can have an impact on your level of anxiety. There’s a chance that you are (in part) suffering from anxiety because you are deficient in certain nutrients. Scientific research has shown a link between anxiety and a deficiency of any of the following: selenium, Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants/Vitamins A, C, and E, B vitamins and folate, magnesium and zinc. Read Foods to Help with Stress and Anxiety Relief: The Ultimate Guide for further information.

Sleep

The majority of evidence suggests the relationship between sleep problems and anxiety is strong and goes both ways. This means sleep problems can lead to anxiety and vice versa. For example, worrying and feeling tense during bedtime can make it difficult to fall asleep, but having trouble falling asleep, and in turn not getting enough sleep, can also result in more anxiety.

Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for your mental and physical wellbeing.

Online programs

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The Nurture Project empowers you to be able to take care of your stress and anxiety, defeating it for good.

The Nurture Project includes:

  • Faster and longer-lasting results
  • Daily motivation to keep you on track
  • Trackers so you can learn about yourself and which activities impact your anxiety. Everyone is different so you will learn the right balance for you.
  • Mindset exercises to put you back in charge of your life again
  • Tailored exercise program to suit your activity level
  • Guided meditations to help you rediscover clarity and space in your mind
  • Sleep program so you can wake feeling refreshed and rested
  • Dietician approved meal plans and recipes especially developed to boost your brain, your body your mood
  • Access to a close-knit, supportive community of others going through exactly what you are going through
  • All treatment in one place
  • Cheaper than medication and/or seeing a counsellor

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