Anxiety is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

Our second song will be released this week ‘Whatever is Today There is Tomorrow’ written by former MP Greg Mulholland to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

Anxiety is a normal emotion in us all, but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem.

Lots of things can lead to feelings of anxiety, including exam pressures, relationships, starting a new job (or losing one) or other big life events. We can also get anxious when it comes to things to do with money and not being able to meet our basic needs, like heating our home or buying food. But anxiety can be made easier to manage.

Focusing on anxiety for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will increase people’s awareness and understanding of anxiety by providing information on the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem. At the same time, we will keep up the pressure to demand change – making sure that improving mental health is a key priority for the government and society as a whole.

Managing Anxiety Tip

Focus on your breathing

When you’re having anxious thoughts try focusing on your breathing, concentrating on the feeling of your body as you breathe in and out. It can help you control the thought.

4-5-6 breathing technique

Close your mouth and quietly breath in through your nose, counting to four in your head. Hold your breath and count to five. Breathe out through your mouth, purse your lips like you are whistling whilst breathing out through your mouth while counting to six. Repeat three more times for a total of four breath cycles.

Try to build up the number of breathing cycles and try to get up to 20 repeats of your breathing