What you need to know

Anxiety is a common condition. It’s when you feel fear or panic. It’s natural to worry about things such as exams or difficult situations and when they pass you feel better. Anxiety becomes a problem when you still feel fear or panic for no obvious reason. The symptoms of anxiety are both physical and psychological.

Symptoms include:

  • Heart beating faster
  • Breathing becomes quicker and shallower
  • Palms become sweaty
  • Thoughts racing
  • Muscles tense
  • Dry mouth
  • Butterfly feeling in stomach (tummy)

  • Speak to your school nurse or your GP
  • Talking therapies such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) may help
  • Become familiar with the signs and symptoms you experience
  • Practice a breathing technique that works for you when you feel calm so you will be able to use it when you feel panic (see mindfulness)
  • Try not to avoid situations that make you feel anxious
  • Recognise your ‘negative’ thoughts and try to think more rationally

There are many resources and apps that are available to support with anxiety. Some of these include: