Expert reveals the secret signs that could mean you are suffering from anxiety

By | June 2, 2019

Do simple tasks like ­popping to the shops or meeting friends cause you to panic or worry?

Underlying anxiety could be to blame.

What started as an evolutionary reflex to protect us from danger – the fight or flight ­response that floods the body with adrenaline – can now be triggered very easily by the stresses of modern life.

The same chemical reactions leave us anxious, drained, paranoid, scared and stressed, often over seemingly small things.

With 22 per cent of women and 15 per cent of men suffering it all or most of the time, anxiety can also cause physical symptoms such as nausea, chest pain, ­sweating and even choking.

You need not suffer, though. Just take our quick quiz and follow our tips to help reduce your anxiety for good. And, of course, always speak to your GP if you have any concerns about anxiety or other mental health issues.

Anxiety can cause physical symptoms such as nausea, chest pain and sweating


Do you feel unable to control your anxiety or worries?

A. Rarely ❑ B. Sometimes ❑ C. Always ❑

Do you feel exhausted or annoyed by them? 

A. Rarely ❑ B. Sometimes ❑ C. Always ❑

Do you find it hard to sleep or concentrate?

A. Rarely ❑ B. Sometimes ❑ C. Always ❑

Are your thoughts intrusive, repetitive and upsetting?

A. Rarely ❑ B. Sometimes ❑ C. Always ❑

Does your anxiety cause physical symptoms (e.g shortness of breath, sweating, chest pains)?

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A. Rarely ❑ B. Sometimes ❑ C. Always ❑

Do you avoid going out or seeing friends?

A. Rarely ❑ B. Sometimes ❑ C. Always ❑

Setting a curfew on technology can help curb your anxiety


Now, anxiety expert and ­author of The Anxiety Solution, Chloe Brotheridge, 33, a hypnotherapist and life coach from London, gives you the low-down on your results…

Mostly As

It seems your anxiety is under control. But sometimes anxiety is situational (flying, parties, public speaking) and people can organise life to avoid triggering situations. However, if you find yourself in such a scenario, I’d suggest speaking to trusted friends and family, or seeing your GP in advance of an event.

Mostly Bs

You may be experiencing moderate anxiety so it’s a good idea to see your GP. In the meantime, I’d encourage you to talk to a friend or relative, or seek therapy to help manage your anxiety. Don’t suffer alone or in silence – sharing your feelings and worries is the first and quickest way to alleviate immediate stress.

Mostly Cs

Living with a high level of anxiety is common, as is believing you are “just an anxious person”. But anxiety responds well to treatment and therapy. If you visit your GP, chances are you will find something to help. Have hope things can improve but reach out to experts for support.

Top tips

Get out in nature . Evidence shows eco-therapy significantly reduces stress and anxiety.

Write down your thoughts . Putting feelings into words helps to process our emotions.

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Think positive . It may sound clichéd but thinking of three good things that have happened daily helps your mind seek out the positive, rather than the negative.

Set a phone curfew . Placing your phone into flight mode or not checking emails after certain times can help to reduce anxiety.

  • Chloe Brotheridge hosts the Calmer You Podcast and you can find her website at

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