Anxious and worried

Things like exams, job interviews or even changes at home can make you feel anxious. It’s a normal reaction to stress and change.

Most people worry at some point, but the worries should stop after the stress or change has ended. For others, these feelings don’t go away so easily. 

How you might be feeling

There are lots of different feelings that come with anxiety and worry, but these are some of the most common.

  • Feeling constantly “on edge”
  • Finding it hard to concentrate or make decisions
  • Feeling sick, or having a stomach ache
  • Dreading certain situations, and cancelling plans because of your worries
  • Struggling to sleep because of your worries

Top tips

Mind has lots of useful tips and advice to help you cope with these feelings, and better understand anxiety and worry. Visit their website to find coping skills and personal stories from other people.

When to get help

If you’re struggling to cope with anxiety and the things you’re trying yourself are not helping, take a look at the free support services which can help you.

There’s lots of options – including both online and in person support.

PositiveMinds and Kooth are good options for support with anxiety, but any service will welcome and support you to get the right help you need.

If you’re not sure where to get support, call the Portsmouth Mental Health Hub on 0300 123 6621 (Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm) to talk to the team.