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Everyone feels worried sometimes. But for someone with anxiety, these feelings can stick around and make life really hard.

Boy sitting on bus seat with shadow of a big scary monster behind

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried.

Anxiety is when feelings of fear or worry don’t go away. Anxiety is a problem when it gets in the way of:

  • Everyday things like talking to people or going new places
  • Being around friends or family
  • Going to school
  • Doing fun things

How do I know if what I’m feeling is anxiety?

Some things people with anxiety feel are:

Fear that bad things will happen
Nervous or on-edge all the time
Panic or feeling ‘out of control’
Fearful of going places or doing things

Here's what happens in your brain when you feel anxious...

What are the physical symptoms?

Your body also tells you when it’s feeling anxious. You may have:

Trouble catching your breath

Pounding heart

Dizziness, headaches


Trouble sleeping

Trouble concentrating

Feel tense or sore

Feel tired or very awake

What can I do to manage anxiety?

Different things work for different people. So it's important to figure out what's going to work for you and your situation.

Here’s some stuff you can try:

Learn and read about anxiety
Stay away from drugs and alcohol
Replace anxious thoughts with positive ones
Learn how to relax
Eat healthy and exercise
Find out what makes you anxious so you know when it’s likely to pop up

"I've often struggled to fall asleep at night..."

What else can I do?

Anxiety can be tough to deal with on your own. With some help and support you can get better!

Gather a support team around you. Here are some people who can help:

A parent or trusted adult

Kids Helpline counsellor


Psychologist or Social Worker

Talking with someone can really help

You’re not alone, support is always available.

If you want to learn more about anxiety and how to deal with it, give us a call, start a WebChat or send us an email today.

If you need more information for other digital services and resources, check out Head to Health.

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This content was last reviewed 14/02/2018

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