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Worries And Anxiety: Just The Facts

Is worrying stopping you doing what you want to do?

Worry is a part of life, and can be helpful in motivating us to make sure we, our friends, family and those we care about are OK. If you are worrying about a pet or family member that is ill then that is normal.

But too much worry when it is not actually needed can be unhelpful and get in the way of letting us enjoy our lives. If your pet or family member was fit and well and you were still really worried, then that might be unhealthy for you. Worry can be like an oversensitive car alarm going off even when there is nothing really to worry about.

Worry can feel very similar to anger – your heart races, you feel sweaty and you feel sick or faint. This is your body telling you that you feel threatened.


  • Is this worry justified, or unrealistic? Get your worry out and examine it. Generally, worries don’t just disappear without action – even if this action is just to reassure yourself that you don’t need to worry!
  • If it is a realistic worry, you may need help to see if your situation can be improved. If you are worrying about a family member, others like your nurse school can help.

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.

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Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.