Coping with anxiety
What is anxiety and when does it become a problem?
You may have heard people talk about feeling anxious, worried, nervous or stressed. All these words mean something very similar and they all refer to that uncomfortable feeling we get when we are uncertain or afraid of something unknown.
It’s a very normal feeling and we all get it. We usually don’t feel anxious all the time, but when we do we can sometimes struggle to understand why we might be feeling that way.
Anxiety can feel overwhelming and difficult to understand. However, we know that it is made up of thoughts and feelings (physical and emotional) that make us behave in ways that can make the anxiety feel worse.
To help yourself, first you need to identify it is anxiety you are feeling, and accept that it’s OK not to feel OK. Lots of people are feeling anxious right now because of Covid-19 and the impact and changes it has had on our lives, our routines and our family and friends. You are not on your own.
For top tips to deal with anxiety, please watch video below:
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Need more help?
If you or someone you are supporting is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs urgent support right now, please click here.
Further organisations offering support:
- Childline (under-19s) trained counsellors provide confidential support on anything – no matter how small or large.
- Call: 0800 1111
- Chat with a counsellor online about whatever's worrying you
- Visit: www.childline.org.uk/get-support/1-2-1-counsellor-chat/
- Open: During the Coronavirus opening times are 9am – midnight
- PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK (for under-35s) offers confidential support and practical advice.
- Call: 0800 068 4141
- Text: 07860 039 967
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Open: 9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends and bank holidays
- Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
- Call: 116123 (free from any phone)
- Email: email@example.com (Sometimes writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you understand them. Email how you are feeling to 'jo' and a volunteer will respond)
- Open: 24-hours a day, 7-days a week
The following videos may also help to manage anxiety:
Struggle Switch - An ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) approach to anxiety
Progressive muscle relaxation – exercises that will help you to recognise the differences between feeling tense and at ease.
Anna Freud Centre gives tips to help manage anxiety for children and young people
Anna Freud Centre gives tips to help parent and carers manage anxiety
Learn about how CBT can help with anxiety in the STOPP video
Anxiety United has 5 Top Tips on how to reduce anxiety
Useful tips for parents / carers to help manage their emotional wellbeing can be found here.
- Further relaxation tips can be found here.
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy gives guidance around manging anxiety, click here.
- Get Self Help website provides CBT self-help and therapy resources, including worksheets and information sheets and self-help mp3s, click here.
- Anna Freud Centre has helpful videos for and resources to help children and young people click here.
- Childline: check out their Calm Zone Tool Box click here.
- What to do if you're worried when school is closed - Warwickshire County Council click here.
The apps below are useful tools to help support children and young people with anxiety. Most of these apps are availble to download from the Apple Store or Google Play.
- Helping Your Child with Fears and Worries by Creswell and Willetts
- Starving the Anxiety Gremlin for Children Aged 5-9
- Starving the Anxiety Gremlin – for young people
- The Panicosaurus: Managing Anxiety in Children Including Those with Asperger Syndrome
- Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-step Guide for Parents
- The Huge Bag of Worries
- When my worries get too big!
- A guide to the present moment
- Overcoming anxiety - a self-guide to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques