Beating Anxiety

Anxiety is something we all experience at one point or another in our lives.

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. 


Fear is one of our natural survival responses, it speeds up our minds and gets our bodies ready to deal with a life or death situation by either running away or fighting. The same physical and mental things happen when you are anxious because this is a type of fear. 

Things you might notice:

  • rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • fast breathing
  • tense or weakened muscles
  • sweating
  • churning stomach/loose bowels
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth

Anxiety also affects the way you feel, you may:

  • feel worried all the time
  • have problems falling asleep or wake up early
  • have trouble concentrating
  • feel irritable or snappy
  • feel down
  • not be as confident dealing with people and situations 
The good news is, most people can learn to feel less worried and cope with periods of anxiety themselves so it doesn't take over their life.












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Do you need mental health help now?

If you need to speak to someone about your mental health, you can always speak to your GP or you can refer yourself to our mental health services.

If you live in Hull

For depression and anxiety services, you can contact Let’s Talk on 01482 247111, this is a new telephone booking service operated by the City Healthcare Partnership where you will be offered a face-to-face assessment to work through what support you may need.

For people who are experiencing a severe and complex mental health issue,  Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s referral, assessment and treatment service can be contacted on 01482 336161

If you live in the East Riding

You can refer yourself to mental health services by calling 01482 301701


If you've had thoughts of self-harming or are feeling suicidal, please contact someone immediately such as your GP, a friend, a relative or someone you can trust. You can always call the Samaritans, day or night, on 08457 909090.

If you have already taken an overdose or cut yourself badly, dial 999