Mars vs. Venus
Women are more than twice as likely to be anxious as men are. One reason for this could be that it’s thought that women’s brains are more sensitive to stress hormones than mens. Another could be the way boys and girls are treated differently as children.
The average age of onset of anxiety is 31 however anxiety can start in childhood. Older people tend to report that they are less anxious. So the good news is that the likelihood of you feeling anxious reduces with age! (Source: Mental Health Foundation)
It’s not that common though, is it?
The National office for Statistics says 1 in 5 Brits suffer with anxiety. It’s incredibly common and you are certainly not alone if you’re anxious. However it’s often something that isn’t talked about much. Sometimes there is a stigma around it and people are embarrassed to talk about it. However, anxiety is the most common mental issue that people see their doctor for.
Stress, trauma during childhood or adulthood, drugs, alcohol or medications and caffeine are all common triggers for anxiety.
How to Cope
Talking to a friend, going for a walk or doing some exercise are the most common tools people use to help them to cope. Try to remember these next time you’re anxious. Sign up to my newsletter to get your FREE guide to calming anxiety.
Does anxiety hold you back?
Half of anxious people believe their anxiety holds them back from doing the things they want to do in their life. What would you do with your life if you weren’t so anxious?
It’s just adrenaline
Although anxiety and the physical and psychological symptoms it creates can feel very scary, most of them are caused by adrenaline. A dry mouth, racing heart, fuzzy head, tingling and muscles tension are all examples of this. Remember that it’s just your body’s way of trying to cope with a perceived threat; the feelings will pass.
Like birds of a feather
Depression and anxiety often come together. It’s hard to say whether one causes the other, but anxiety can be a symptom of depression or a cause of depression in some people. Always speak to your doctor if you think you may be depressed.
Celebs with anxiety
Even the rich, famous and successful get anxious; it can happen to anyone. Lena Durnham, Mark Ronson and Scarlett Johansen have all spoken publicly about their struggles with anxiety.
Do any of these facts surprise you? Have I left anything important out? Let me know in the comments below! And please share this with anyone you think may need it 🙂