What is anxiety?

Feeling anxious is normal when you’re under pressure.

For example, you have a job interview or an upcoming exam. You may be worried and feel nervous and uneasy. It is unpleasant, but those feelings usually pass once the event is over.

For others, the anxious feelings do not go away easily. You may start to avoid certain situations because you are too worried. You may also have physical symptoms such as trembling, sweating, upset stomach, nausea, and a racing heartbeat. Anxiety can start to affect your personal relationships, disrupt your work life, and impact your daily activities.  

Anxiety can be caused by a number of factors

An ongoing stressful situation (e.g. a relationship breakdown), genetic factors, and physical health issues. Sometimes you won’t be able to identify the cause of the anxiety.

Everyone is different, but you can get help. Our professional counsellors can help you work through your anxiety and come up with ways to cope.  

Call to speak to one of our MensLine Australia counsellors on 1300 78 99 78 or access free video and online counselling. We’re here to help 24/7.