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Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. For some people, it can have a debilitating effect on their lives.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is that feeling of fear or worry when we’re unsure of the outcomes relating to any situation. These feelings are unsettling and frustrating but perfectly normal and something we all feel.

However, for some people, anxiety can have a debilitating effect on their lives.

Living in this state of fear is distressing and unhealthy.

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Things you can do

If you struggle with anxiety, the following actions can help you to manage your condition.

Look after yourself. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet and find time to do some exercise. These actions can all help you to feel healthier and stronger.

Find what distraction techniques work for you. This might be something creative, a sport or spending time with your family. Or listening to music, spending time in nature, socialising or practising mindfulness.

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We can help

If anxiety is causing problems for you or someone you care for, we can help.

We work with Anxiety UK to bring you specialist advice and support. If you feel you could benefit from this, speak to one of our wellbeing advisors.

Information and support

These guides written by Anxiety UK include information about conditions, treatment and management of anxiety to help you or someone you care for.


Our library of webinars covers a range of stress and anxiety topics including anxiety based depression, managing anxiety and nutrition and anxiety.

Led by our own team of service experts, each webinar includes tools, ideas and sources of further help and advice.

Useful Links

Anxiety UK

Helpline: 03444 775 774

National charity helping people affected by anxiety, stress and anxiety based depression providing support services and resources.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Evidence-based information on anxiety written by qualified psychiatrists with help from patients and carers.

No Panic

Helpline: 0300 772 9844

Support for people who live with panic attacks, phobias, OCD and other anxiety related disorders.

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