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Web Chat: Anxiety – Mon 9th Nov 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 9th November 2015.

Are you feeling troubled by anxiety or worrying too much? Not sure who to talk to or where to get help.  Join us for a chat on Monday 9th November 4:30pm – 5pm and connect with other young people, ask questions, find answers and discuss.

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Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 9 Nov 16:17

Hi everyone this chat is due to open in ten minutes

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:26

What actually is anxiety? Everyone's always talking about it but I'm a bit confused?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:29

Anxiety is a normal natural response that all humans experience but for some people anxiety can be difficult to manage when it interferes with day to day life

SportyMonkey / 9 Nov 16:27

How can you deal with anxiety?!

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) SportyMonkey / 9 Nov 16:32

Anxiety can be worries effecting your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. you can also feel anxiety throughout your body. You can deal with this by identifying where it is most effecting, for example is it effecting your thoughts, feelings or behaviours stopping your doing things

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:29

What happens physically?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:34

Your body has a physiological response, for example you may feel your heart beating quicker, sweaty palms, shortness of breath, dry mouth, headaches, tense muscles. This is part of your fight, flight or freeze response. This is normal for all humans

SportyMonkey / 9 Nov 16:31

I'm usually a very relaxed person, but recently I've been overthinking too much and it's like a downward spiral, I can't get out of it! What do I do?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) SportyMonkey / 9 Nov 16:36

Some anxiety can be really helpful, for example preparing for an exam, preparing for a holiday or a presentation..
managing your worried thoughts by writing them down and problem solving. Think about how you have managed it in the past

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:35

Everytime I think things aren't going right I feel my heart racing

SportyMonkey / 9 Nov 16:35

I've had an anxiety attack before, and it isn't a pleasant experience, it came out of the blue - unexpected... How can I prevent such a thing from happening again?

SmilingKitten / 9 Nov 16:36

Is an anxiety attack similair to a panic attack?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) SmilingKitten / 9 Nov 16:41

A panic attack is a more extreme presentation when your breathing becomes too quick and shallow, Regulating your breathing again will help this pass.Breath deeply and slowly

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:36

What can we do to make it go away? I don't really know what triggers it, but recently it feels like it's everything i come across

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 9 Nov 16:39

Anxiety is a normal emotion. Anxiety can be thought of as nervousness, worry, shyness etc
You could think about where you were when the panic attack happened, what you were thinking and breaking it down into manageable bits
Think about events leading up to this.. for example triggers beforehand.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 9 Nov 16:40

Does anyone have any good coping strategies that you would like to share with us?

SportyMonkey Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 9 Nov 16:42

Deep breathing is a coping technique I've used in the past, just calm and relaxed meditation can help anyone, whether they are experiencing anxiety or not. Focusing on your breathing helps as it makes you aware of your body and it's response whilst keeping you in the present moment. Staying in the present moment avoids thinking, or even overthinking, about the past or future - both of which when thought about can contribute to anxiety.

SportyMonkey Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 9 Nov 16:42

Deep breathing is a coping technique I've used in the past, just calm and relaxed meditation can help anyone, whether they are experiencing anxiety or not. Focusing on your breathing helps as it makes you aware of your body and it's response whilst keeping you in the present moment. Staying in the present moment avoids thinking, or even overthinking, about the past or future - both of which when thought about can contribute to anxiety.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) SportyMonkey / 9 Nov 16:48

that is a fantastic response, could not have put it better myself. It is a very scary experience but it will pass, your body can not maintain that state. Remember what happened last time and could you put it on a post it note, pop it on the back of your phone or school diary? just as a reminder that it will pass

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:40

How do you stop it when it's happening?

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:40

How do you stop it when it's happening?

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:41

Sometimes i count to 10 in my head and take deep breaths

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:44

that is a really good tip. usually the adrenal cycle (the bodys response to worry)lasts for up to 60 minutes. This is due to adrenaline in your body responding the percieved stressor

JumpingBear Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 9 Nov 16:45

Can you explain what the adrenal is cycle is?

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:44

How about writing it all down?

SmilingKitten / 9 Nov 16:44

If someone is hyperventiallating when suffering from anxiety, they should be be advised to take small sips of water to help stop the fast breathing etc.

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:44

Does anxiety affect your sleep?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:52

insufficient sleep can effect your sleep however anxiety in itself can also effect your sleep. A good night sleep will help reduce your anxiety levels by improving your ability to manage your emotions and tackle any challenges or worries you may face in the day. Have a good sleep routin, try to stick to it. Make sleep a priority, stay hydrated and eat well. Switch off electronics.
If worries are racing around your mind, try writing them down a couple of hours before you go to bed

SportyMonkey / 9 Nov 16:46

Listening to music and laughter is another escape from stress and anxiety - If i'm not wrong, both of these allow your central nervous system to release endorphin in the body

SportyMonkey / 9 Nov 16:49

Being mindful and aware of your surroundings can help eliminate anxiety too, sometimes try and observe, but not judge, your surroundings

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:51

I'm worried about my exams and everytime i think about them i can't sleep. I don't know what to do. I've tried everything above

SportyMonkey / 9 Nov 16:52

Spending time in the open and outside instead of staying inside all the time can help to broaden your thoughts and appreciate things in life rather than feeling down and suppressing your thoughts. Maybe have a walk in the park and appreciate nature...

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:54

No one understands - when i sleep i feel like the walls are closing in.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:56

If anyone is struggling a great source of support can be accessed via your school nurse for health and wellbeing advice.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:56

If anyone is struggling a great source of support can be accessed via your school nurse for health and wellbeing advice.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 9 Nov 16:54

We are having some wonderful ideas and thank you for this. There is clearly some really good knowledge out there and you are all really helping eachother! :)please keep it coming

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:55

How many people suffer from anxiety?

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:55

is anxiety and worry the same thing?

JumpingBear / 9 Nov 16:58

if you worry about something all the time does that mean you have anxiety?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 9 Nov 17:00

Anxiety is a normal emotion, every human will experience. It has instinctive survival mechanism to stressors that we meet. Anxiety is a combination of thoughts, feelings an behaviours. Worries are more 'thoughts' and thinking.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 9 Nov 17:02

there have been some great ideas, a suggestion is to write all of the chat down and join us next week for the topic 'healthy relationships'. thank you all very much for joining us :)

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