It's Mental Health Awareness Week from 15-21 May 2023. This year's theme is anxiety - a condition that affects 30% of us at some point in our lives.
What is anxiety?
We all feel anxious from time to time but when these feelings are affecting your daily life it may be time to speak to someone about how you're feeling and take steps to manage how you're feeling.
Anxiety is usually a natural response to pressure, feeling afraid or threatened, which can show up in how we feel physically, mentally, and in how we behave.
It’s common to describe anxiety as a feeling of dread, fear or unease, which can range from mild to severe.
Anxiety can become a problem if we start worrying a lot about small stuff or relatively harmless situations.
It’s usually when our anxiety feels really intense or overwhelming that it starts to interfere with our daily life or affect our relationships.
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