Amid the success of winning The Great British Bake Off back in 2015, Nadiya Hussain has also been living with anxiety.
Despite her crippling panic attacks she has gone on to have a successful career writing her own cook books and presenting TV cooking shows. Like many others we assume from the outside everything is ok and you certainly would not associate her with suffering from anxiety. However, she is far from alone – Anxiety UK has said that more than one in 10 people are likely to have a ‘disabling anxiety disorder’ at some stage in their life.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is normal, which can affect us all in different ways and at different times and is something that can persist whether or not the cause is clear to the sufferer. Unlike stress which is something that will come and go depending on external factors such as work, relationship or money problems.
Anxiety can make a person imagine that things in their life are worse than they really are, and prevent them from confronting their fears. Often they will think they are going mad, or that some psychological imbalance is at the heart of their woes. What is important is the recognition that anxiety is normal and exists due to a set of bodily functions that have existed in us from our cave-man days.
11 Subtle Signs of Anxiety You Might Not Notice
- Worrying most of the day.
- Muscle tension due to worry.
- Feeling on edge most of the time.
- Physical symptoms due to anxiety, such as a racing heart, inability to catch your breath, shaking or sweating.
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome that worsens with anxiety.
- Avoiding things you otherwise would do because of anxiety or fear.
- Inability to relax even when there is nothing stressful going on.
- Inability to sleep due to ruminating.
- Feeling that worry is in an anxious “loop” that repeats itself.
- Trouble concentrating due to worry.
- Inability to let a concern go or push it aside.
The good news? Whether it’s a low dose of medication or talk therapy, anxiety is easy to treat. “Of all the problems in mental health to have, anxiety is in a way a good one because it’s very treatable. The evidence is good, and it really works,” Shah says.