I'm feeling anxious and worried

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It’s normal to feel anxious and to worry sometimes. But if your worries don’t stop, and begin to feel overwhelming, it’s time to get some help with anxiety.

Lots of things can make you feel anxious and nervous – like pressure from school, revision and exam stress. Even just being out with friends, or thinking about going out – this is sometimes called ‘social anxiety’.

It’s normal for teenagers and kids to feel worried sometimes and a bit of anxiety can help you deal with difficult times. But if it doesn’t stop, feeling anxious can become a problem and really affect your day-to-day life.

"If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine."

- Morris West

What does anxiety and worry feel like?

You may feel scared, nervous or panicky at times – and sometimes it might seem like you feel that way all the time. You may also feel down and get irritated easily. You might find that you can’t sleep, or have trouble eating.

When you panic, your body produces a hormone called ‘adrenaline’ to help you cope. When this happens, you may have physical anxiety symptoms like a racing heart, dry mouth, stomach cramps and feeling faint.

Sometimes people who have anxiety can develop Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This means you may have obsessive thoughts or worries and you may feel the need to repeat rituals, such as washing your hands or touching specific objects a certain number of times.

How can I stop feeling anxious and worried?

Anxiety can be difficult to manage – especially on your own – but there are lots of helpful things you can do to feel calmer and less stressed out.

In her Vlog, Zoella talks about dealing with panic attacks and anxiety.

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