It’s completely natural to feel anxious, worried or nervous about life. Our tools and insights are designed to help you to ease these feelings and find calm.
WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Anxiety is a natural response to keep you safe in threatening situations. Everyone experiences it differently, but anxiety commonly involves an increased heart-rate, muscle tension and worried thoughts. Your body and mind respond in this way to prepare you to either approach (fight) or avoid (flight) the threat. For example, your sudden change in heart-rate is preparing your body to get the hell outta there. In some situations, anxiety can be set off by your thoughts when it doesn’t need to be. This is when it can become a problem.
WHAT ARE SOME SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY?
When we feel threatened, our muscles tense up to prepare our body to react quickly, which can lead to shaking.
When anxiety is triggered, our body release hormones that can make us feel sick when they enter our stomachs.
To help us move quickly, our body moves blood to priority organs faster, which heats us up.
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Anxiety is triggered by real threats in the moment, or thoughts about possible threats. It might be a person yelling at you, or thinking that person who’s yelling angrily at someone else is out to get you. Our anxiety triggers often stem from past hurts.
Physical factors also contribute to anxiety, such as medical conditions like hyperthyroidism or hormonal changes, an unhealthy diet or a lack of exercise and sleep.
Personality plays a role too. For example, if you’re introverted then you might prefer low-key interactions. You may experience social anxiety in busy, crowded or loud situations, where someone who’s more extroverted is more comfortable.
With Clearhead, you can learn to change your thinking patterns, make healthy lifestyle changes, and manage your anxiety.
Learning about anxiety can help with your self-awareness, and Clearhead has a range of tools to help you.
Coping tools help you stay present and ease the symptoms of anxiety when you feel it coming on.
Thinking tools can help you to recognise unhelpful thoughts that contribute to your anxiety, and then transform them into more useful thought patterns.
Doing tools can help you make positive lifestyle changes and do things that bring a sense of calm and improve your wellbeing.
There are many ways you can provide practical and emotional support - bringing someone food, doing a healthy activity together, listening to their worries, and giving calm reassurance.
Often, just taking the person away from the situation that’s making them anxious and being with them helps. It may not even matter what you do – the fact you’re with them and you care is what’s important.
If you choose to support them through a tough topic, try to leave enough time to shift the mood at the end of your time together by talking about a different subject, having a laugh, or sharing a hug.
If you want to improve your listening skills then try our Active Listening Tool.
You could also support them in seeking professional help. You could find a therapist to suggest or offer to come with them to visit their GP. You don’t need to wait until it’s a major issue to seek professional help – in fact, it’s better for them to talk to someone before it becomes a larger problem!
Identify sensations in your body that you experience when you’re starting to feel anxious. These become signals to use a simple breathing technique to relax and cope with the feeling.Find out more
Recognise your unhelpful thought patterns and discover ways to change them. This will help you notice when you’re thinking negatively, so you can think in more useful ways that make you feel better.Find out more