How do you know if you’re anxious?

Just like low mood, we all feel anxious in different ways. These are some of the common symptoms you may experience if you are feeling anxious.

Physical symptoms or changes:

  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Feeling tense and jumpy or restless
  • Pounding heart
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trembling

With your thoughts you might find yourself:

  • Expecting the worst or “catastrophising”
  • Having trouble concentrating or feeling like your mind has gone blank
  • Developing racing thoughts about what might go wrong

Your feelings can be:

  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Feeling scared or frightened
  • Feeling like things are unreal or dreamlike
  • Frequently being on edge or grumpy

Your behaviour might be:

  • Making excuses so you don’t have to go out or do something
  • Avoiding the things that make you anxious – like going somewhere new
  • Withdrawing from friends and family

Speak up

If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms and are concerned, talk to your doctor about getting some extra support.