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Anxiety

Anxiety

Page written and resources collated by Matt Lowe, Senior Wellbeing Practitioner

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. It’s a normal physical and psychological reaction that helps us to avoid dangerous situations and motivates us to overcome everyday challenges. Many different situations can cause anxiety – for example, exams, social situations or public speaking. Many students become anxious around exam time and some have panic attacks. Anxiety can become a problem if it’s more severe, if it lasts for a long time or if it gets in the way of your everyday life, by stopping you doing or enjoying things you normally would.  Fortunately there is a wide range of help available.

Please note that whilst we hope that all of the resources below are useful, the Student Wellbeing Service does not endorse the opinions expressed by other parties.

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First Steps in Mindfulness

First Steps in Mindfulness for Wellbeing is a free 4 week course which gives a practical introduction to mindfulness meditation, so that you can explore the benefits this can bring to your health and wellbeing.

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Overcoming Anxiety and Worry

Overcoming Anxiety and Worry sessions are an opportunity for you to learn some helpful techniques to improve how you feel. These sessions are delivered by two NHS Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners who will help you learn techniques to overcome anxiety and worry.

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Wellbeing Group Sessions

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Mindfulness and Wellbeing

An introduction to mindfulness skills

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Work, Study and Me

Support for workplace situations.

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Anxiety and Me

Explore what anxiety is and how it affects you. Think about strategies to manage it

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Self-assessments

To read some of these articles and other resources on our site you will need to register with Togetherall. The process is quick and you only need to do it once.

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Anxiety about health

Many of us worry and feel stressed about our health from time to time. This test will help you and us to understand if you worry too much about your health.

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Anxiety

We can all feel anxious and stressed from time to time. This test will help you and us to understand how anxiety might be affecting you.

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NHS Anxiety and Low Mood Quiz

If you're feeling anxiouo this short qui could help you better understand how you've been feeling recently.

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Togetherall - Online courses

Togetherall is an online mental health community with a wealth of resources - available free to all staff and students.   To access resources from Togetherall you need to register for an account here . You will only need to do this once. This will allow you to access many of the tools on our site.
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Managing Panic

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Managing Stress and Worry

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Balance your thinking

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Managing social anxiety

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Problem solving

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Managing Health Anxiety

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Videos

Grounding Techniques

Techniques to manage strong emotions, where you may feel overwhelmed, including stress.

Managing panic attacks

How to reduce and manage panic - understanding what happens during panic attacks and techniques to cope.

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Self Help

Award winning self-help guides for 23 different mental health difficulties from Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS trust

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My Possible Self

Use the simple learning modules to manage fear, anxiety and stress and tackle unhelpful thinking. Record your experiences and track symptoms to better understand your mental health.

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Social Sport

Play for fun and to meet new people

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Keeping active at home

Online workouts, hints, tips and videos.

Ways to keep active at home

Podcasts and audio resources

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Happy Place Podcast

Fearne's HAPPY PLACE podcast, now in its ninth series with over 40 million downloads, builds on the success of the top 10 bestseller HAPPY where Fearne draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue to finding joy each and every day.

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NHS audio guides

A series of mental wellbeing audio guides to help you boost your mood, manage anxiety, sleep better and challenge unhelpful thinking styles.

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Mental Health Foundation - wellbeing podcasts

Free helpful podcasts to help with mindfulness, stress, sleep, anxiety.

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Downloadable resources

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Worry Time

A technique to 'schedule' your worries to reduce their impact on your life

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Adult colouring sheets

download free colouring sheets

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Six myths about anxiety

Did you know that anxiety and worry are not same and that trying to banish anxious thoughts is only likely to make them worse? We dispel six of the most common myths about anxiety.

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Deactivating the Panic Button

Many of us will experience a panic attack at some time in our lives. Fear of panic attacks can take a heavy emotional toll – it can even rule lives. But there’s plenty you can do to regain control, as our top tips show.

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Book Review - The Value of Quiet

Do you feel left in the shade by people who are more outgoing, entertaining and quicker on their feet than you? Here at last is a book that celebrates who you are.

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