Feeling anxious or worried is a normal, human sensation, but it can become a mental health issue when it affects our ability to live our lives as we would wish to. Naturally in sport, anxiety might be experienced around competitions, training camps or even when you start with a new coach, and although these are normal parts of sporting life it's important to know when these feelings are becoming difficult to cope with.
Like many mental health conditions, anxiety can have both physical and psychological symptoms.
Physical symptoms can include:
Stomach based symptoms such as nausea, changes in frequency of needing the toilet
Feeling light-headed or dizzy
Pins and needles
Pains such as headaches and backache, although you may also experience pains in other areas of your body
Being more aware of your heartbeat, which could be fast, thumping or irregular
Sweating or hot flushes
Grinding your teeth
Changes in your sex drive
Panic attacks (for more on panic attacks please click here)
Psychological symptoms can include:
'Catastrophising'; fearing the worst
Being unable to relax
Feeling disconnected from your mind, body and world around you
Seeking extra reassurance from those around you
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