Feeling worried, nervous and anxious some of the time is part of everyday life.  Physical symptoms of anxiety include trembling or shaking, tense muscles, feeling very tired, having trouble sleeping, cold clammy hands and feeling short of breath. 

Some symptoms of anxiety are when you:

  • Worry all the time,
  • Fear that something bad is going to happen,
  • Are sad all the time and feeling irritable, or 
  • Have a sudden and intense feeling of anxiety, which is often called having an anxiety attack.

Most of the time people can reduce anxiety by trying a few simple things. 

The first is to take a close look at your anxiety.

  • You can say to yourself something like “I feel uncomfortable but I know I’m not really in danger. 
  • You can keep going even if I feel this way.” Many people find doing that helps a lot. 
  • You can also get your health care provider to teach you physical and mental relaxation techniques.
  • Avoiding alcohol and caffeine will also help to reduce anxiety.

However, if you are seriously thinking about harming yourself or if your fear makes it difficult to do everyday things, you need to ask a health professional for help.  If your anxiety stays with you for more than a week you should also ask for help at your Health Centre or call a Crisis line.

Also, if you know of someone who is at risk of harming themselves or others you need to report this to your Health Centre, or in some cases to the police, so that help can be provided.