Do you worry too much? Then talk to someone

Anxiety can affect different people in different ways, with symptoms ranging from hot flushes to insomnia.
Anxiety can affect different people in different ways, with symptoms ranging from hot flushes to insomnia.

Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem and hundreds of thousands of people are struggling with their thoughts.

One problem that is linked with mental health issues is anxiety.

What is it?

Anxiety is a mental health issue and is a natural response to something we feel threatened by, feel worried about or something which we think could happen in the future.

It can present itself physically, mentally and emotionally as some of the following signs and symptoms:

l Feeling light-headed or dizzy

l Feeling tense or nervous

l Pins and needles

l A churning feeling in the stomach

l Restlessness

l Headaches, backache or other aches and pains

l Faster breathing

l Irregular heartbeat

l Sweating or hot flushes

l Insomnia.

How can you help yourself?

Dealing with anxiety can be difficult, especially if you’ve not opened up about how you are feeling. Try talking to someone you trust. Getting your thoughts and feelings off your chest can help you to manage your worries.

Being physically healthy can help relieve mental health issues and can give you something to focus on.

It’s important to look after your physical health as well as your mental health, and this doesn’t solely mean keeping active, it can also mean trying to get a decent amount of sleep each night and eating a balanced diet.

There are also things you can do while you’re out and about, such as breathing exercises which can help you to cope and feel more in control, and keeping a diary to write down your thoughts to help spot patterns and triggers.

Lindsay Shelbourn, public health lead for mental health and suicide prevention at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Talking to someone is one of the best ways to overcome anxiety; it can help others understand and support you and may relieve some of the pressure. If you can’t talk to family or friends call the Samaritans anytime on 116123.”

For more information about mentail health visit www.mind.org.uk.

Week 3 of this series will look at insomnia and a lack of sleep.