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Dealing with Anxiety

Dealing with anxiety

Norfolk Industries not only employs people with disabilities but also provides work experience placements to people with disabilities, the long term unemployed or individuals who have never worked before. As you can imagine, individuals often suffer with anxiety at differing levels.  In fact, it can often take individuals more than one attempt to get through the front door!  Anxiety 2

Part of our ethos is to ensure that each person is thanked for their efforts every day, no matter how small and people work at their own speed, they shouldn’t concern themselves with how others work around them.  This as well as providing a supportive environment, repeat instruction and training broken down into small pieces allows for a lower stress setting and gradually improves levels of anxiety.

Anxiety results in a wide range of symptoms such as a fight or flight response, shaking and trembling, headaches, dry mouth, feeling sick, numbness in hands or feet, hot sweats and panic attacks including hyperventilating and fast heartbeat.

AnxietyWikipedia states – ‘Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behaviour such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination.  It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death.’

It is important to understand that everyone has varying levels of stress response to a situation and whilst some people will handle a new situation with a general level of anxiety and stress, a different person will have a highly elevated response to the same situation.  Learning to understand that no matter what the level of response is, it is very real for that person and all efforts should be made to reassure the individual that these feelings are real and will pass.  Acknowledging that the stress is there and is a learning curve rather than something which should not be spoken about is also key to learning about how to control it in the future.

There are several things you can do to help yourself when you are feeling anxious or depressed.  Anxiety 1

Talk to someone

-          A close friend or family member – this is someone who cares about you deeply and wants you to be well. Even if you don’t think they will help you feel better it is important to make them aware of how you are feeling so they can assist you in getting the help you need.

-          A carer or work colleague

-          Your GP or support worker

-          The Samaritans (Ring 116 123)


  • Make a list of your worries – Split your worries into 2 columns, ones you can do something about and ones which are uncontrollable.

-          Worries you can do something about – break them down further and write a plan of action for yourself. Make you ask for help when you need it! Tick them off as you complete them.

-          Worries you can’t do something about – rip up that piece of paper, score it out or (safely) set it on fire!

  • Mindfulness Techniques – this is doing something that will help you think about the ‘here and now’ and give your head a rest from worries and anxiety. Norwich Mind frequently run Mindfulness courses.

-          Colouring or Dot-to-dot

-          Crafts

-          Gardening

-          Walking (whilst taking note of your surroundings)


  • Alternative Therapies – there are a wide number of complementary therapies available to help calm and relax the mind and body. Therapy Aid in Norfolk provide carers with free treatments.

-          Massage

-          Reflexology

-          Aromatherapy

-          Acupuncture


  • Talking Therapies – Speak to your GP or support worker about what talking therapies are available to you. The Norfolk Wellbeing service provides a comprehensive selection of options regarding mental health recovery.

Norwich Mind also offer counselling  

There are specific services for those with Autism and Learning Difficulties, please ask your GP.  


  • Medication – sometimes we need a little extra help to get over hurdles and there is no shame in that. Anxiety (and depression) is a condition that is out of our control and often due to an imbalance in our brains. It might be a good idea to speak to your GP and see if there is a suitable medication that could help you.