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8 signs you may have anxiety — and what you can do about it
Tuesday, 10 November · 2 min read

Many people are living with anxiety as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Recent figures from UCL in the UK found anxiety rates have particularly risen among women and ethnic minorities.

The figures also show that people are feeling anxious for a wide range of reasons, including fear of catching the virus, finances and losing jobs.

But just as the causes of anxiety can vary hugely, so can the symptoms. And anxiety can affect you both physically and mentally.

If you’re not sure if you have anxiety, here are some common signs to look out for:

  • you feel more ‘on edge’ or are more alert
  • you find it harder to concentrate
  • you feel more panic or a sense of doom
  • you’re more irritable
  • you notice your heart beating faster
  • you’re shaky or your muscles ache
  • you find it harder to sleep well
  • you lack energy to do things or feel more tired

Anxiety also has many other signs and is a symptom of several conditions, including generalised anxiety disorder, phobias and panic disorder.

But there are many things you can try to help reduce your anxiety, such as:

  • going on a self-help course
  • exercising regularly
  • stopping smoking
  • cutting down on the amount of alcohol and caffeine you drink
Quote of the day

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

Arthur Somers Roche, author

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