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What does anxiety feel like -- and do you have it?
Monday, 8 June · 2 min read

Do you sometimes feel you’re being stabbed in the chest every time you take a breath, that your stomach is churning or that the world is speeding up then slowing down and you can’t do anything to stop it?

If so, you could be suffering from anxiety - and you’re not alone in this.

Anxiety is very common and at the moment, levels are above average in places like the UK, studies by UCL show -- particularly among young people, those living alone and people on lower incomes.

If you need help to manage your anxiety, try to:

  • talk to a friend and listen to their stories to direct focus away from your own thoughts
  • practice deep breathing to help calm your mind and body
  • practice grounding techniques to refocus your energies on the present. For example, take a walk and listen to the sounds around you
  • exercise regularly - physical activity can reduce stress, improve mental fatigue and help you sleep better
  • keep a journal - writing down your thoughts can help to break the cycle of negative thoughts

See a doctor if you're worried about your symptoms or struggling to cope.

Quote of the day

The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late. -- Charles Caleb

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