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Anxiety management

Stress
Anxiety can affect us all at some times in our lives, in fact without a bit of anxiety we would find our motivation lacking, so a little stress is a normal part of our everyday lives. However, life events can conspire to make us suffer more than necessary with this disorder, and sometimes we may need to have another look at our resources for coping and review them, and if necessary change them a little.

Anxiety is a mood condition, yet it is a combination of physical and emotional components. It is often the increase in the physical symptoms that first alert us to the fact that something maybe wrong.  A cause of anxiety can be our past life experiences or any experiences of fear we may have experienced.  This can all accumulate and we can fear for the future and see it as threatening, affecting our ability to deal with day to day tasks.

What can anxiety feel like?   

The physical symptoms are varied but can include:
  • Sweating
  • Palpitations
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Exhaustion.
The emotional symptoms can include:
  • Seeing things in the worst light- coming to negative conclusions with little or no evidence
  • Undoing or over thinking your decisions
  • Reluctant to make changes
  • Going over and over things in your mind
  • A feeling of dread constantly in your thoughts.

How to cope

Anxiety can be an exhausting process which can control our lives. Here are some tips to keep it in check:
  • Aim to achieve small goals and tasks, look at your problems step by step and one by one.
  • Do some form of exercise regularly, this can improve your mood
  • Rest - tiredness is a contributing factor in anxiety
  • Talk to friends and family about your worries
  • Eat well (e.g fresh fruit and vegetables), and reduce tea and coffee intake
  • Start socialising and meeting people, take some risks, get to know new people or have a new hobby.
If you feel you have done all this and nothing is changing you might want to see your GP or you can speak to a staff counsellor here at the University. You can contact the Counselling Service by email: counselling@aston.ac.uk. You might also like to contact Aston's Chaplaincy Team.

Useful websites

Thesite.org
This has useful tips and ideas to beat anxiety

www.sane.org.uk
This organisation is also set up to help in a practical way with your problems