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Anxiety

Do you...

  • feel excessively worried or afraid most of the time?

  • feel like you can't control the worries?

  • feel restless, on edge, apprehensive, or tense?

  • feel tired or irritable?

  • avoid situations that make you feel anxious?

  • have difficulty falling or staying asleep?

  • experience uncomfortable sensations like a racing heart, shakiness, or shortness of breath?

  • have these feelings before or after the birth or adoption of your child? (men or women)

Everyone feels anxious and worried from time to time, but it is usually short-lived. When anxiety and worry are persistent and severe, and start to affect your ability to work or socialize, you may be experiencing an anxiety disorder. 

 

Regardless of how long you have been experiencing anxiety, you can learn strategies to help you feel calmer and more peaceful. Understanding the relationship between your thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and physical sensations can help you feel more in control. You can also learn relaxation techniques for "in the moment" coping. Learning to approach your anxiety with a sense of openness and curiosity, rather than avoidance, will reduce your sense of suffering, increase your confidence, and give you back your freedom.