Anxiety is an unpleasant emotion that can range from feeling worried to severe panic. Some level of anxiety is a normal response to stressful situations in your life and can help you perform at your best. However, experiencing high levels of anxiety that cannot be easily controlled and last for longer can possibly result in avoiding situations or severe panic.

Anxiety is distressing and can affect us in three possible ways:

  • Psychologically we can experience a state of apprehension or uneasiness and sometimes unhelpful thoughts about the situation and our ability to cope.

  • Behaviourally anxiety can affect our ability to enter or stay in situations, express ourselves or deal with everyday situations.

  • Physiologically we may experience symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, a dry mouth, sweating, muscle tension and a feeling of queasiness.