WHAT IS IT?
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a long-term condition that can make you feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. However, some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.
You may have GAD if:
- your worrying is uncontrollable and causes distress
- your worrying affects your daily life, including school, your job and your social life
- you cannot let go of your worries
- you worry about all sorts of things, such as your job or health, and minor concerns, such as household chores
- feeling restless or on edge
- being irritable
- getting tired easily
- having difficulty concentrating or feeling your mind goes blank
- having difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep
- having tense muscles
Managing your GAD
Things you can do yourself;
- regular exercise, particularly aerobic for example – swimming, walking fast or jogging, cycling, football, rugby, hiking.
- learning how to relax for example – Mindfulness, yoga, pilates.
- avoid caffeine for example – coffee, tea, fizzy drinks and energy drinks.
- Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol
- Contact support groups