Anxiety is a generalised feeling of unease or worry that can be caused by a number of reasons, for example if you are worried about anything to do with the future, failure, embarrassment, illness or loss. So, we need to regulate our moods as we face increasing distress!

When we’re anxious, our body triggers a similar response to when we’re stressed, producing adrenaline hormones to help us cope with the situation, which will activate the ‘fight or flight’ response that helped our ancestors protect themselves from danger – either by facing the threat , or run away from the threat.

As we have adapted to our modern, fast-paced lives, even when we are not in immediate physical danger, adrenaline still tries to help us when we feel anxious. Adrenaline can make us feel uncomfortable because when it is released into our bloodstream, it changes the way our body functions.

Everyone feels their anxiety at some point in their life, and it’s important to look at how it helps you survive, but also recognise when it makes things more difficult.

This can become a problem when our anxiety stops us from going about our daily lives. If this persists for more than six weeks, guidance needs to be sought from a GP or a mental health professional such as a therapist or counsellor needs to be consulted. We should take this condition seriously and not ignore its dangers!