There are many experiences in our lives that can contribute to anxiety.
Some of these are more likely at certain times of our lives – for example, when we finish school, become a parent, or retire from work – whereas others can occur at any time.
Some examples of events that can contribute to anxiety include:
These are distressing or upsetting events or experiences that lead to an emotional response, for example:
That is, unfairness, bias, or prejudice:
As women, at different times in our lives we can have roles with different demands that may trigger anxiety; for example, being a mother while also having to look after housework and do paid work. We may care not only for our own children and partner, but for other family members as well, such as parents, grandparents, aunts, or uncles.
It can be hard to fulfil these roles and take care of ourselves too.
As girls, when we are growing up, we are often taught that we need to be perfect and to put other people’s needs before our own. We may then learn to ‘bottle up’ our feelings, rather than talk about them or express them.
Over time, keeping our feelings inside can be a source of anxiety.
If you think you are experiencing anxiety, there are steps you can take to help manage it. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve had anxiety, it’s never too late to do something about it. Help is available.
These pages include the sections below to help you to do something about anxiety: