How to deal with anxiety

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We can all feel anxious from time to time – anxiety can be a normal reaction to a stressful life event. But for some people, this anxiety can become a bigger problem that affects day-to-day life. Learning how to recognise when anxiety is becoming a problem and knowing how to manage it can really help.

Anxiety doesn’t just affect us mentally; it can manifest itself in all sorts of ways physically too. In fact, many people with these symptoms don't realise that they could be down to anxiety. Here's how anxiety can affect both your mind and body.


You may:

  • frequently feel anxious or worried - out of proportion to the situation
  • feel restless or 'on edge'
  • be unable to concentrate
  • feel irritable


You may:

  • have trouble sleeping
  • get tired very easily
  • have tense, or aching muscles
  • have an ongoing headache
  • feel as if your heart is 'thumping', or is beating faster than normal (palpitations)
  • feel sick or have diarrhoea
  • feel dizzy or light-headed

Take control

So what can you do if you find yourself suffering from these symptoms? There's plenty you can do yourself - and more you can do if you seek professional help. Take a look through my top 5 suggestions below.

Even healthy people become unwell sometimes. Health insurance can help you get prompt access to the treatment and support you need to help you get back on the road to recovery. Learn more with our useful guide to understanding health insurance.

Mental Health Nurse at Bupa UK

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