For many the stigmas that surround anxiety stop people from talking about it, when a clear understanding is what is really needed. Anxiety is the mind and body’s reaction to stressful or unfamiliar situations. It is the sense of uneasiness, distress, or dread that is felt before a significant event. Certain levels of anxiety help us stay alert and aware, but for those suffering from an anxiety disorder, it feels far from normal and can be completely debilitating.
Life during the COVID-19 pandemic really shone a light on mental health and the importance of looking after our wellbeing at a time when it was so easy to isolate and suffer alone. As the world gradually emerges from the global pandemic and with the stresses of the cost of living ever present in our day to day lives, how we deal with anxiety has become increasingly more difficult. For many, these stresses and strains can lead to a build-up of anxiety that at times feels difficult to manage, making it harder to open up and talk about for various reasons.