Anxiety issues

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We all feel anxiety - a natural response to the threat of danger - with help it can be more manageable.

Moderate levels of anxiety can help us perform well in certain situations, such as job interviews or exams.

However, excessive anxiety over a prolonged period, anxiety triggered by harmless situations or with no apparent cause, can become problematic. 

Reducing anxiety

It’s natural for you to want to escape from difficult situations or avoid them altogether. However, this will only increase anxiety in the long run.

Take control by:

  • looking after yourself physically
  • eating a balanced diet
  • reducing alcohol, caffeine and smoking
  • taking regular exercise (swimming is particularly good)
  • writing a list of all the things that are bothering you and looking at how you might use the skills you have to address them
  • distracting yourself with music, talking to a friend or doing a physical activity that you enjoy

Mp3 Audio downloads

Download Mental Health Foundation podcasts for more tips and advice on overcoming anxiety.

In crisis now

Call 999 for emergency services - or for security services on campus call 01904 32 3333 or use the Safezone app.

Related content


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Mindfulness can help us to become more aware of the present moment.

The Open Door team and Disability Services have created Mindfulness videos to guide you through exercises that can help you relax.

Workshops and groups

If you're struggling with anxiety you might find it helpful to attend one of the following workshops:

See our Workshops and groups page for other workshops that may help with your wellbeing.

Helpful Apps