What causes anxiety?
How you feel
For example, some people describe feeling really fearful and worried, being more nervous, restless and edgy, being irritable, feeling angry and impatient.
How you think
You may find it really hard to make decisions, get confused more easily, or have difficulty concentrating. Sometimes people describe their mind as racing with too many thoughts.
How you behave
For instance, you might go out of your way to avoid the situations that are worrying you.
Physical effects on your body
Sometimes people find that their heart is racing or they have a ‘knot’ or ‘butterflies’ in their stomach. They might notice they are sweating more than usual, trembling or feeling short of breath. Other people find that they have difficulty sleeping too.
Feeling anxious at various times in our life is part of what it is to be human! But it’s important to find healthy ways of coping with these feelings.
Here are some relaxation techniques from Claudia, our yoga instructor, that might help calm you down if you’re feeling anxious.