What is anxiety and how can it be supported

Over the last two years, anxiety levels in general have been incredibly high as have looked to manage the global pandemic. For some this meant a quick shift into home working and for others it meant dealing with an increased threat of exposure to the virus.

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Anxiety is our body’s natural response to fear. It is what keeps us from walking out in front of a bus. A small amount of it is natural and can be incredibly useful to help you look for possible threats around you. However, when this response is triggered to a high degree it can mean that you are looking for threats all around you and in places where they might not normally exist.

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With mental health being as important as physical health, many organisations are sending team managers on Mental Health Training Courses like those from Tidal Training to help them support staff members that may need some additional guidance. The most important measure that you can put in place is that of open communication. If employees feel that they can speak to their line managers about how they are feeling and this will be taken seriously and support put in place, they will automatically feel less stressed about their situations.

For large employers you can work with Employee Assistance providers to give your staff a 24/7 access line that they can speak to professionals for support in lots of different areas such as financial support and mental health assistance.

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