Anxiety & Panicking
Head dizziness or feeling faint, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, easily tired, restless, grumpy/irritable, tense
Eyes feeling like crying
Throat dry mouth, difficulty breathing and short of breath, feeling of choking
Chest tightness in chest and shoulders, heart beating fast, chest pain
Armpits sweating, chills or feeling hot
Tummy sick feeling in stomach, lump in stomach, needing to go to the toilet
Anxious thoughts can make us feel even more anxious and can cause your body to respond in an anxious way. Some common anxious thoughts include:
Types of anxiety
Separation AnxietyWorrying a lot when away from caregivers that something awful is going to happen to them or that they will die or you will be separated from them. You may feel like you don’t want to go out or be away from them in case something bad happens to them. You might even feel sick when they are away or say they are going away or tell them you are so they don’t go.
Phobias Phobias are when you get really really scared about a specific object or situation. These things make you feel really panicky every time you’re faced with them and get in the way of you living your life how you’d like. This could include things like:
Generalized Anxiety This is when you are constantly worrying all the time about lots of different things and finding it hard to stop worrying and just chill. You might worry about how you are doing in school or at work, what’s going to happen the next day, “what if” this and that. Your worrying gets in the way of you living your life how you like to live it.
Obsessive compulsive disorder OCD is when you have recurrent persistent and unwanted thoughts or urges or image and also behaviours or mental acts that you have to do in order to get rid of those thoughts. This could include tapping, counting, cleaning, checking over things, or doing things in a specific order in order to stop the thoughts.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) PTSD can happen to some people after something traumatic has happened. This trauma could either have happened to you, you have witnessed it happening to someone else, or you heard about it happening to a close family member or friend. These traumatic events could include death or near death experience, serious injury or sexual violence. It includes memories of the traumatic event flooding back, distressing dreams about it or flashbacks where you feel like the traumatic event is happening all over again. You may be really jumpy, be irritable, and have trouble sleeping. You may also try to avoid anything that might remind you of the event. You might start to feel really low or guilty or bad about yourself.
How to cope with anxiety
Reset your physical response.
Calming your body lets it know there is no actual danger and so it doesn't need to move into a stress response. You can do this by:
Reset your thoughts.
As the body and the mind work closely together, if your mind is racing, it will calm down when your body gets calm and vice versa. You can do this by:
Talk to someone about how you are feeling. Often getting some support and understanding, or even just a hug or some company can really help. Think about who is in your life who you can hang out with and cares about you.
Seek professional support. If your anxiety is feeling unmanageable, you feel like you need new strategies to deal with it or it's getting in the way of living your life how you would like, then talking to a professional can be really useful. Check out our "Getting Help" section for more info.