Anxiety: A common problem
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We’ve all felt a little anxious every now and again, especially when it comes to uni; moving out on your own for the first time, making new friends or meeting fast approaching deadlines. There are many things that can trigger these feelings of insecurity and butterflies. The feeling of tension and nerves is only natural and can help you feel more alert and help you become more productive. However, this isn’t always the case; the important thing is not to feel overwhelmed. Emma Marks from the mental health charity Mind explains that, “Being anxious is part of being human… The problem arises when it takes over your life and stops being productive.” There can be an obvious reason to the cause to these fears, especially in an environment where there’s pressure, whether that’s social or educational. However, it is not always the case and the root cause of the problem may not always be so clear. Anxiety disorders are intensified and feelings that last a lot longer than usual. It becomes difficult to keep your feet on the ground as you feel constantly out of control of a situation or even day-to-day life. One in four adults experience mental health problems each year in the UK, with anxiety being the most common type of disorder. Often it can be small steps that help the feelings of anxiety to subside. When writing her dissertation, Birmingham City University Graduate Kerri O’Shea said, “I felt better each time I got a chunk out of the way, not matter how small.” How do you keep a healthy mind? There are five steps that are recommended by Mind which are: Connect Real social interaction has shown to be beneficial for wellbeing. Talking to people gives a level of social interaction that social media and emailing can’t provide.
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