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Thanks to support from Liptember, we recently spoke to three women about their experiences of living with anxiety. Watch the videos as Tori, Alanah and Debbie share their stories of anxiety and what they do to manage it. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do.

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Tori, 43, Sydney

Anxiety affects Tori as a result of living with chronic pelvic pain. Strategies such as activity pacing and seeing a pain specialist counsellor help to keep her anxiety in check. “You have sovereignty over your body and thoughts, and that’s the interface where you gain control over your whole life.”

Alanah, 23, Canberra

It wasn’t until her late teens that Alanah realised that the tightness she felt across her chest every time she felt a little nervous “wasn’t completely normal”. An eventual chat to her GP put her on the path to managing her anxiety.

Debbie, 63, Rosebud

Anxiety has been part of Debbie’s life since she was a child. “I never knew how to deal with it then.” Since first speaking to a doctor about it in her 30s, she now actively manages her anxiety with medication, funny films, singing and dancing, good friends, getting out among nature and her cuddly cat Timmy.

Liptember

Many thanks to Liptember for supporting Jean Hailes to produce these videos on anxiety. Liptember raises funds and awareness for women's mental health during the month of September.

Last updated: 10 September 2020

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