Health anxiety is an increasingly talked about form of anxiety, in fact 1 in 6 people will have been experiencing a common mental health issue in the past week including health anxiety.
The key is to try and limit the amount of worry, gradually easing off the fear and anxiety of ill-health. One of the problems is that not only does this dent your day-to-day happiness levels, there’s the mind-body connection.
Worrying about a certain illness can actually cause your body to show symptoms of it. And, this can lead to all kinds of problems – including using medication that you don’t necessarily need that could lead to long-term damage.
Find some healthy perspective and ask the question ‘do I want to keep worrying about the possibility of becoming ill, or do I want to get on and live my life?‘
Always see your personal doctor or a therapist for help and support if you are experiencing signs of anxiety. It can come in many forms and some of them aren’t always instantly recognisable. As well as worrying about health, anxiety could also take the shape of constant fears about the future.
There is help available out there and there’s absolutely no shame in seeking support for any mental health issues which you may be experiencing.
Anna Williamson is the author of the hugely successful #1 selling book on Amazon ‘Breaking Mad’, with follow up book ‘Breaking Mum and Dad’ launched in March. Anna found fame on big hitting children’s television shows on networks including CITV and Disney Channel, but after secretly battling an anxiety disorder, realised there was a huge stigma attached to mental health issues and became an official ambassador of the charity Mind. She is now a qualified counsellor, life coach and Master NLP Practitioner. Anna currently runs her own private coaching practice alongside being the resident agony aunt and psychology expert on TV shows including ITV’s Good Morning Britain and BBC’s Inside Out.