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Anxiety

Commonly known as: anxious, unease, distress, worry, dread

Anxiety

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What is anxiety?

We all experience feeling anxious from time to time. Anxiety can be described as a feeling of unease, such as fear or worry. It is normal to feel anxious about things in daily life, for instance taking an exam or going for an interview.

The feelings of anxiety usually pass after the event has taken place. If those feelings continue and our worries become overwhelming and harder to control, then it can affect our lives.

Signs and symptoms of anxiety

  • Feeling tired, on edge, restless or irritable
  • Feeling a sense of dread
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Sleep problems
  • Feeling sick, dizzy, sweaty or short of breath
  • Headaches and stomach aches
  • Trying to avoid situations or put off doing things you are worried about
  • Experiencing a noticeably strong, fast or irregular heartbeat, (contact your GP if this persists)
  • Feeling the need to repeatedly check things or seek assurance from others

 

Self-help advice to manage anxiety

There is not always one reason to why we are anxious. Sometimes we just don’t know what is making us feel this way. We hope you find the information below useful.

  • Try understanding your own anxiety – sometimes it is useful keeping a diary to identify what affects you and what you need to take action on.
  • Try and shift the focus of how you are feeling in that moment – try breathing exercises or practice mindfulness. See our videos below and information on mindfulness.
  • Find out more about anxiety and how it can be managed. See our self-help resources below.
  • Learn new skills to manage your anxiety. Try one of our free self-help courses below.
  • You may find it helpful to get involved in activities going on in your local area. Find out what’s going on in your area by visiting our in your area page.
  • You don’t need to experience these feelings alone. Talk to someone you trust or see our ‘helplines’ section below. And if you or someone you know need urgent help – go to our urgent help page immediately.

 

If you need further help managing anxiety

If the information, advice, resources and courses on this page have not been helpful and/or you think you need more help, there are many free support services available.

If you live in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area, and are aged over 18, you can make an appointment with a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) or GP by contacting your local GP surgery. PWPs are NHS mental health practitioners who provide a free service for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems.

If you are under 18 or worried about someone aged under 18 and need urgent advice/self-referral to local mental health and wellbeing services in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area, contact SPACE-Wellbeing.

Or alternatively contact another approved helpline. Some services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Last updated: 28.07.2022

Self-help resources to help manage anxiety

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board – Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP) service and GP support

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Anxiety – NHS Self-help Guide

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How to relax – NHS Easy Read Guide

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Young Person’s Mental Health Toolkit – Anxiety

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Mental Wellbeing Audio Guides – NHS

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Reading Well – Free Books for Mental Health from your Local Library

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National charity helping people with anxiety – Anxiety UK

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Helplines providing information and advice to manage anxiety

See below for helplines relevant to anxiety. To see our full list of helplines, visit our helplines page.

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C.A.L.L. Mental Health Listening Line

Community Advice & Listening Line

Provides a confidential mental health listening and emotional support line which is open 24/7. CALL can also signpost to support in local communities and a range of online information.

Visit the CALL website ➝
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Childline – for children and young people under 19

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.

Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

Call on 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill.

Visit the Childline website ➝

Shout

Text Shout to 85258 – Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text servicefree on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.

It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. We take people from crisis to calm every single day.

Visit the Shout website ➝
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NHS 111 Wales

The NHS 111 telephone service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you can use it for urgent health advice on what services to access or how to manage an illness or condition and to access urgent primary care out of hours.

Visit NHS 111 Wales website ➝
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