We all know what it’s like to feel worried. The butterflies in our tummy before that big speech, or the tension we feel before a big exam, or that grand final. The experience of anxiety is our body’s way of preparing us to manage those difficult situations. Sometimes anxiety can help us perform better by helping us feel alert and motivated.
But for some people, anxiety is more than this and can stick around for a long time. It can end up having a big impact on daily life.
If over the last two weeks, you’ve been feeling constantly worried, afraid or panicking about things that might happen or for no reason at all – you may be experiencing Anxiety.
Signs and symptoms?
1 in 4 New Zealanders will experience anxiety. Everyone experiences anxiety differently, but there are some common signs and symptoms of anxiety that may include:
It can be tough to cope with anxiety, but with the right support, things do get better.