Coping with Anxiety

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Coping with Anxiety

Anne Crook Counsellor / Psychotherapist The Christie NHS Foundation Trust


What is anxiety?

NormalProtectiveThreat focused



Fight or Flight


Physical symptoms

Increased heart rate Increased muscle tension “Jelly legs” Tingling in the hands and feet Hyperventilation (over breathing) Dizziness Difficulty in breathing Wanting to use the toilet more often Anxiety UK


Feeling sick Tight band across the chest Tension headaches Hot flushes Increased perspiration Dry mouth Shaking Choking sensations Palpitations Anxiety UK


Internal alarm system



Hospital letter arrives


Unhelpful coping strategies

Avoidance short-term relief / gain, long-term pain Excessive worry trying to make the uncertain certain


Overestimate the threat,Underestimate our ability to cope


Helpful coping strategies

Physical ExerciseRelaxation / Breathing / VisualisationMindfulness – in the present momentDo something more interestingTalk to someoneSoothing self-talk “Thoughts aren’t facts” “It’s just my alarm going off” “I’ve coped before so I can cope again”


Mindfulness - in the present moment





You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.Maya Angelou

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