Anxiety is the feeling of worry, unease or dread we can often feel in uncertain or threatening situations. It can cause physical sensations like shortness of breath, a racing heartbeat, sweaty palms, and feelings of nausea. It can also affect our ability to sleep or feel relaxed.
Anxiety is our body’s natural way of alerting us to danger, and it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious at times of stress – before an interview, during a test or presentation, or when meeting someone new. Anxiety in these cases can even be useful, pushing us to perform at our best.
Anxiety can become difficult to manage when these feelings start to occur more often, last longer, or become more severe. They might become overwhelming and interfere with your ability to carry out everyday tasks. Feelings of worry might start to occur at random and for no clear reason. Periods of prolonged, excessive worry could indicate an anxiety disorder.
On this page you can find tools to help understand and manage anxiety – whatever form it takes, for you or a friend.
Be Mindful is an online course for learning to practise mindfulness in daily life and enjoy reduced levels of stress, depression and anxiety.
An online community of people who are anxious, down, or not coping who support one another by sharing what's on their mind.
An online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people.
A mindfulness and meditation app with hundreds of guided meditations for everything from stress to sleep.
A website that helps you to measure and record your mood, and share your scores with trusted friends to keep you on track.
A weekly podcast offering scientific tips and ideas on how to lead a happier, more meaningful life through interviews with medical professionals and wellbeing thought-leaders.
An app designed to help teens and young adults cope with different forms of anxiety, with simple exercises to aid relaxation, build confidence and manage worry.
An app aimed at promoting mindfulness and relaxation, offering over 250 guided meditation sessions and step-by-step courses led by meditation experts.
A popular YouTube channel offering a range of guided yoga and meditation practices, focusing on mental and emotional wellbeing as well as physical exercise.
Brain.fm provides music designed to enhance focus, relaxation, meditation and sleep within 10-15 minutes of use.
A website and app that allows you to select from a range of natural sounds to create a pleasant environment for productivity, sleep or relaxation.
A free online course helping you to learn coping skills for many of life's everyday stresses.
An online support service providing free, confidential support and counselling for young people under 25.
An app that allows you to create music to capture your mood and express how you feel.
Chill Panda is aimed mainly at children, and aims to alleviate worry with simple and playful exercises.
A peer-to-peer support network helping users to connect with others who share similar health conditions.
An app that helps to manage stress and anxiety by giving you tools to tackle anxious feelings and identify their triggers.
A mindfulness and meditation app offering guided meditations, breathing programmes and 'Sleep Stories' to help de-stress and clear the mind.
A website with useful tools and resources for all things related to mental health and wellbeing.
A free helpline and web chat service that offers guidance and support to men feeling down or depressed for any reason.
A resource for children and young people with mental health and wellbeing issues, providing information about common mental health symptoms, how to cope and where to get help.
A charity providing expert, accredited advice and information to anyone suffering from a mental health problem.
An app designed to help you relax and build resilience to stress, anxiety and depression through simple exercises and techniques, including calm breathing, meditation and self-hypnosis.
A support service for people living with anxiety, stress or anxiety-based depression.
An online programme designed to enable fast recovery from anxiety and panic attacks through videos and audio tracks.
Nightline is a listening service run by students for students.
A stress-management app, designed to help reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression by combining elements of CBT, mindfulness and meditation.
A mindfulness and meditation app designed to help relieve stress and maintain positive mental wellbeing by encouraging you to take time out from the pressure and challenges of daily life.
An online emotional support service that anonymously connects you to a friendly listener when you just need someone to talk to.
An app designed to help you understand what causes your anxiety and to help you find resources and exercises to build your own anxiety management toolkit.
An app that combines guided meditation with music to help with everyday issues such as giving up smoking, losing weight, building confidence and getting to sleep.
An online discussion forum for a broad range of mental health issues.
A mood improvement app designed to help you practice mood-enhancing activities, identify and change unhealthy thinking, and track your mood over time.
A meditation and mindfulness app for modern life that aims to bring more calm to your busy day.
An online self-help programme using the principles of CBT to help you better manage your mood and cope with symptoms of depression.
A website that aims to improve your wellbeing by harnessing your creativity - pick from a range of guided creative activities including collage, animation and creative writing to bust stress and boost your mood.
An in-the-moment digital coach that helps you when you're feeling stuck.
An app that enables you to record and store positive affirmations in your own voice to help boost your mood and self-esteem.
A gratitude app designed to help you appreciate life's happy moments and look for the positives in everyday life.
An app that aims to help you breathe better by syncing your breath with your heart rate.
Gaia is an app that aims to help you lead a more conscious life by inspiring curiosity, spiritual growth and personal development.
A meditation and mindfulness app with guided practices for both children and adults.
A helpline offering a safe place to talk about anything that's on your mind, any time you like.
A friendly online community where people who are struggling to cope can listen, share and be heard.
A website providing comprehensive health information and advice in the form of articles, videos and various other resources to help you seek the best help for a range of mental health and wellbeing issues. This link is for issues relating to anxiety.
A support group for people with social anxiety – SASH runs weekly self-help sessions where socially anxious people can come together, talk and share experiences without fear of judgement.
A discussion forum for sharing news, opinion and digital content - this particular discussion thread is for sharing tips, advice and experiences relating to panic attacks.
A community-based drug service that provides support for drug users, ex-drug users and their family and friends in the borough of Haringey.
A community support network where local residents of Haringey can regularly come together and share their thoughts and experiences, with the aim of improving mental health and community wellbeing.
A free therapy service for residents of Tower Hamlets who are feeling anxious or depressed.
A service providing a range of treatment and recovery services to Londoners affected by a drug or alcohol problem.
Treat yourself or a friend to a mood-bosting care package with these subscription boxes designed for wellbeing and self-care.
Find an accredited counsellor or psychotherapist near you. Alternatively, explore whether counselling is right for you.