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With this week (May 13-19) being Mental health awareness week, we wanted to cover something we may all experience on a daily basis:

Anxiety; you have probably heard of it, that feeling of worry, fear or unease in both physical and emotional sensations. Let’s begin our awareness journey by addressing some of the signs and symptoms:

  • Tense muscles and headaches
  • Faster breathing
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Eating problems
  • Feeling numb
  • Feeling your mind is busy with thoughts
  • Dwelling on negative experiences, or thinking over a situation again and again
  • Feeling restless and not being able to concentrate
  • Feeling tense, nervous and on edge
  • Having a sense of dread or fearing the worst

With a busy and draining time approaching, we thought we would share some tips on how to ease those anxiety’s and get you through the other end:

  • Take a time-out. Try yoga, meditation or put on your favourite music. Get a massage or take a walk.
  • Eat well-balanced meals. Energy boosting fuel will get you through those late-night revision sessions.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine. Avoid the caffeine, the nights out and get some rest.
  • Get enough sleep. When stressed, you need a good amount of sleep to feel rested and ready for the day.
  • Exercise daily. It can improve sleep, mood, energy levels and self-esteem.
  • Take deep breaths. Before you enter a room take 10 deep breaths and see how different you feel when entering.
  • Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if you need to.
  • Do your best. Be proud however close you get, sometimes striving for perfection is a hindrance.
  • Welcome humour. Have a giggle with your friends!
  • Maintain a positive attitude. Try to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts when you can.
  • Learn what triggers your anxiety. Write down in a journal when you feel anxious and what is causing it, then you can look for patterns.
  • Talk to someone. Invite your friends round for dinner or meet up for coffee. Don’t be alone.

If you are feeling like your anxiety is too much to handle by yourself, please feel free to speak to your GP or come and see the team at reception and we can help refer you to someone in the write place.

If you have found this blog helpful and would like to read more we have put together, why not view our blog about Stress Awareness.