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Fact sheet: Anxiety Factsheet.docx
  • One in six adults is affected by anxiety/depression at any one time.
  • Anxiety makes you feel like something bad is going ot happen
  • Feelings of fear and anxiety can for a short time and then pass. But they can also last much longer and you can get stuck with them.
  • Anxiety affects your ability to eat,sleep, concentrate or enjoy life. It can affect your performance on the pitch.
  • Anxiety can hold you back from doing things you want or need to do, and affect your health. Other health problems that are directly based on fear include phobias, panic attacks and anxiety disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Some people become overwhelmed by fear and want to avoid situations that might make them frightened or anxious, and Anxiety can make you feel physically drained, being in constant state of anxiety places extra stress on your heart.

What Anxiety Feels Like

Anxiety is normal, particularly before a game, but ...

Anxiety and adrenalin work together with positive and negative effects. When it affects us negatively we doubt our
ability and think the worst can happen. We expect to fail and this can affect performance.

How Change May Affect You

Change and the arrival of a new boss makes everyone anxious
  • You will wonder if the manager will change the team / will want to buy or sell anyone / have a different management style
  • There is anxiety in the team because the future is unknown and what is unknown can make us anxious
  • The stakes are raised in football for both for manager and player under a new regime
  • Turnover in managers is notoriously high and managers and players are often judged on their last game, and

Anxiety is a mental health condition but it can have a physical affect on the body. It can sap you of energy leaving you drained and de-motivated.

Types of anxiety disorder

There are many different types of anxiety disorders that can affect individuals in different ways.

These include:Panic attacks/disorder – this is when someone suffers from panic attacks. These can come very quickly and can have symptoms of chest pain, hyperventilation and/or rapid heartbeat. The individual may feel they are having a heart attack as symptoms can feel similar. The attack usually eases in a few minutes.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – this is when a person has a prolonged period of anxiety or worry. This could be for more days than not, over six months or more. The person continually feels things may go wrong and the feeling, that if they do, becomes increasingly distressing.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – this is when a person has continual thoughts of fear, harm or contamination. This results in continual behaviours to try to stop this happening, eg excessive washing of hands or excessive cleaning.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – a person may experience this disorder as a result of experiencing or witnessing a distressing event.Phobic disorders – this is when a person has an extreme fear of certain things, eg confined spaces, spiders or the dark.What helps for anxietySome degree of anxiety is normal.

 However, when it becomes severe, prolonged and begins to interfere with your daily life, you should consider seeking additional help. In the first instance, you may find the self-help initiatives listed below helpful. If these fail to work you should consider seeing your GP.

Your doctor can advise on an appropriate course of action.

Your doctor can also rule out other causes such as some medical conditions or side effects of certain prescription/non-prescription drugs.Self-help strategiesThere are steps you can take to develop ways of coping with the symptoms of anxiety.

These include the following, or others you may develop yourself:
  • relax – look at what helps you to relax, eg, reading; yoga or listening to music;be more active – 
  • go outside for a walk/jog;
  • talk to your friends/family – talking is a good tonic;accept your feelings – ‘this is just anxiety’; ‘it will pass like before’;
  • avoid alcohol or mind your intake;sleep  well – 
  • get adequate rest;
  • reduce caffeine intake.