Anxiety and Feeling Anxious

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Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear. Anxiety feels different for everyone. 

A little bit of anxiety can be helpful – for example, feeling anxious before an exam might make you more alert and improve your performance. But too much anxiety could make you tired and unable to concentrate. Everyone feels anxious at some point in their life, but for some people it can be an ongoing problem.

Anxiety can have some of the following effects on your body, and even some other effects that aren't listed here. Everyone is different, and you don't have to face it alone.

  • a churning feeling in your stomach
  • feeling light-headed or dizzy
  • pins and needles
  • feeling restless or unable to sit still
  • headaches, backache or other aches and pains
  • faster breathing
  • a fast, thumping or irregular heartbeat
  • sweating or hot flushes
  • problems sleeping
  • grinding your teeth, especially at night
  • nausea (feeling sick)
  • needing the toilet more or less often
  • changes in your sex drive
  • having panic attacks.