What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural feeling which everyone encounters – however in a medical context, anxiety sometimes refers to an anxiety disorder, which can be several different mental illnesses which can prevent people from living their life normally.

In its different forms, anxiety disorder can refer to social anxiety disorder, which refers to awkwardness and fear of being judged in social situations; panic disorder, which is a terror that can strike at random times and induce chest pains and sweating; and specific phobias, such as fears of a specific situation or thing – these can range from heights to certain animals, and cause individuals to react in an unbalanced manner to certain situations.

General symptoms of anxiety disorders include sleep problems, cold or numb hands, panic and uneasiness, not being able to stay still, heart palpitations, dizziness, nausea and dry mouth.

What causes anxiety?

Anxiety disorders have not yet been attributed to a single cause. They are recognised as stemming from a number of factors, from an individual’s genes to changes in the brain and certain environments.

Treatment options for Anxiety


This is a form of traditional Chinese medicine which promotes improved blood flow, and can also help to relax patients. Because of acupuncture’s calming effect, it can serve to reduce some of the common symptoms associated with anxiety disorders.

Nutritional therapy

There are several foods which are recognised as helping to reduce anxiety symptoms. Individuals can aim to increase their consumption of these foods within their daily diet. Such foods include nuts, fish, chocolate and certain herbs.


The movements and exercises which are performed in pilates sessions don’t only improve the balance. They are also understood to calm the mind and the emotions, which can help with battling the symptoms of anxiety disorders.

Therapy and counselling

Having the opportunity to talk through the feelings which are related to an anxiety order, in counselling or therapy sessions, can be an important part of confronting the thoughts which are related to the condition.


This is a massage system designed to target certain areas of the body with the specific aim of relieving stress and anxiety. By using these reflex points, certain organs can be stimulated and the body’s natural energy flow can be restored, having a relaxing effect.

Sports and remedial massage

This form of therapeutic massage is recognised as a way of promoting relaxation and calm.


The stretches and physical exercises which are practised in yoga sessions can help to counter the physical discomfort which can often accompany anxiety. Yoga can also be part of a healthier lifestyle which can promote a greater level of wellbeing.