Your Health and Wellbeing


Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can lead to weight gain, insomnia, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver and mouth, neck and throat cancer. 

To discover practical tips on reducing your alcohol intake, visit the NHS Live Well alcohol website.

Cold and flu

You can find the difference between cold and flu, prevention tips and how keep warm and well on the NHS Live Well cold and flu website.


Exercising has many health boosting benefits. To find out more, please visit the NHS Live Well health and fitness website.

Food and diet

Eating healthily can help protect you from cancer, heart disease and many other illnesses. Find out healthy eating tips and advice on the NHS Live Well food and diet website.

Heart health

Heart disease is one of the biggest killers of adults in England. Find out how to keep your heart healthy by visiting the NHS Live Well heart health website.

Mental health

One in four people are affected by a mental health problem at sometime in their life. If you are worried about your mental health and you need help and advice, please visit the NHS Live Well mental health website.

Sexual health

For advice on issues such as STIs, fertility or if you want to talk about sex with a loved one but don't know how, then visit the NHS Live Well sexual health website.

Stop smoking

To get tips and advice on how to stop smoking and the associated health benefits, visit the NHS Live Well stop smoking website.

Beating Anxiety

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear. Whether you have exams coming up, have a big deadline looming at work or you're worried about your child starting school, feeling anxious about everyday situations isn't at all unusual. 

A little bit of anxiety can actually be helpful sometimes; for example, feeling anxious before an exam might make you more alert and improve your performance. On the downside, too much anxiety could make you tired and unable to concentrate and if you feel anxious a lot of the time, it can cause more serious problems (including high blood pressure and making you more susceptible to bugs going around) and start to affect the way you deal with your day to day life. Anxiety can sometimes become a big part of someone's life which can affect their ability to concentrate, cause problems in relationships and even prevent some people from feeling able to leave their home. Anxiety disorders are some of the mental health problems that doctors see the most often. Aside from raising peoples general stress levels, anxiety or an anxiety disorder can severely impact on a person’s quality of life and make life appear unbearable, this is why it is important to get help as soon as possible as anxiety can be treated and can improve with the right support.

This page is all about helping you to recognise the signs of being more anxious than is healthy and ways you can start to manage your feelings of fear, worry and unease before they start to cause you problems.

There are different types of anxiety with different symptoms and different things that act as triggers to make people feel worse.