Do you worry all the time? You could be anxious

It’s completely normal to worry. Anxiety is a natural human reaction that involves mind and body. Worry, nervousness or anxiety is like an alarm system that is activated whenever your mind or body thinks it is in danger or under threat. So in situations of danger, anxiety helps you to protect yourself or run away.

Your body gets ready
When your body and mind react to danger or threat, you may experience physical (bodily) sensations (feelings) of anxiety. You may feel a faster heartbeat and breathing, tighter muscles, sweaty palms, a queasy stomach and your legs or hands may tremble. These sensations (feelings) are part of the body’s fight-flight-freeze response. They are caused by a rush of chemicals in your brain that prepares your body to make a quick getaway.

But what is if there is no danger and you still worry?
You may feel worried, nervous or fearful when there is no danger. You may feel like your worries are running your life. You may have difficulty sleeping because of your anxiety or cannot pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. Then your anxiety is no longer helpful to you and you need to find ways to manage it.

Anxiety shows us areas or experiences that we may need to ask for help or guidance from other people; so speak to someone to get help now! Speak to a healthcare worker at the clinic, a trusted adult or call a helpline as you may have an anxiety problem or disorder.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 8 May 2020 23:50

Hi.. I have a problem of always feeling scared or threatened even for no reason. My heart would just beat so fast if im exposed to situations where i have to speak up maybe during interviews or even like infront of people in general. I get too pressured to the point where i sometimes cry because i'm unable to speak up. This worries me because im like all grown up now but i just can't seem to stand for myself and do things on my own because im just scared of putting myself out there.. is that even normal?i mean none of the poeple i know are anywhere close to being like i am.

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 May 2020 14:07

Hi there,

It sounds like you suffer with anxiety. Please use the contact information below to talk to a counselor who can give you advice:

Get in touch with LoveLife's Contact Centre on 0800 121 900 or send a PLZ CAL ME to 083 323 1023 

B-Wise User Anonymous 11 April 2020 16:30

Hi I'm always scared of almost everything fear of living and dying. Now it's evenworse

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 April 2020 15:25

Hi Nkoso,

I am so sorry to hear that. It's a very difficult time so it is understandable that you would feel worse now.

You need to be able to talk to someone.

Please use the numbers follow to be able to share your anxieties with someone:

Suicide crisis line: 0800 567 567 or sms 31393

Depression and Mental Health Helpline: call 0800 567 567 daily between 8am and 89pm for counseling and referral if you're suffering from depression, anxiety or mental health issues

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG): 011- 262-6396

Mental health line: 011 783 1474

B-Wise User Anonymous 8 April 2020 23:30

Hi ...I become anxious even if there is no danger can i get help

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2020 15:13

Hi there,

It sounds like you might be suffering from an anxiety problem. Please go to the clinic or doctor and ask to be referred to a counsellor. They will then talk to you and try identify what the problem or cause of this is. 

Read this for contact numbers of people you can talk to: