Anxiety is a normal response to something dangerous or stressful. But when we are anxious we feel pretty awful. Being anxious has nothing to do with our character or sensitivity to things. In fact, just about everyone will suffer from anxiety at some point in their life. It might be before a job interview; a first date; a new job or giving a presentation. So, experiencing anxiety is a normal response to something that we perceive as challenging or perhaps threatening. But sometimes anxiety can come out of the blue, or it may have a very unwelcome friend for years. Even since we were a child.

The good news is that anxiety is very treatable and can be managed with strategies. For example: normalising it; understanding why it feels like it does, and some simple techniques that can help manage and control your anxiety response.