Managing the anxiety puzzle

When you experience anxiety you will notice a number of things about the way you think, feel and act. This  combination of emotional, physical and cognitive characteristics is unique to you. It's your own unique anxiety puzzle. Many of the pieces of the puzzle are explained below.

Anxiety fatigue

Fatigue

When you feel tired and lacking in energy. Your motivation has gone.

Everyday worry

Worry

A complex chain of thoughts and fears that can be fleeting or more persistent.

Catastrophising spiral

Catastrophising

When you assume the worst will happen. When life is a series of negative predictions.

Avoidance coping strategy

Avoidance

When you change your behaviours to avoid difficult things rather than deal with them.

Perfectionism

Perfectionism

When you set yourself impossible goals to the point they become stressful.

Hesitancy

Hesitancy

When you prefer to press 'pause' rather than 'play'.