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Anxiety is a common challenge for many South Africans; online counselling offers a convenient and effective way of getting the help you need. 

This blog covers common anxiety symptoms, causes and how to get professional help. 

Meet Kgomotso, a Kena Health counsellor.

Kgomotso, a registered counsellor. She has a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from UNISA and is certified in wellness, addiction, and trauma counselling.

Her passion lies in offering healing and hope to individuals navigating challenging and traumatic experiences. Kgomotso is a member of the Board of Addiction Professionals in South Africa (BAPSA) member.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety is a common mental health condition. Anxiety symptoms include feelings of worry, nervousness, panic and fear, as well as sweating, tense muscles, dizziness and a fast heartbeat. These symptoms can make it difficult to get through your daily routines and affect your work, studies and relationships with others. 

What causes anxiety?

Though everyone is different, there are some common causes of anxiety, including: 

  • Traumatic events as a child or adult. This could include the death of a loved one, mental or physical abuse, or experiencing crime. 
  • Stressful events or circumstances at work,  in your studies, in your relationships, or having health or financial issues. 
  • A family history of anxiety. Having a parent or other blood relative who suffered from anxiety.
  • Drug or alcohol abuse.

What is a panic attack?

A panic attack is an intense feeling of worry or fear. Your body becomes overwhelmed, and you can start sweating, feeling dizzy and your heartbeat becomes very fast. Although panic attacks are not life-threatening, they can be very frightening. 

What should I do if I am having a panic attack?

The first thing to do should be to recognise the feelings in your body; although it may be very frightening, try to remember that these feelings will pass. 

Breathing techniques are an excellent way to help calm your mind and body. A simple breathing technique is to inhale for 4 seconds,  hold your breath for 7 seconds and then exhale slowly for 8 seconds. 

Breathing can help at the moment, but it is essential to speak to a professional as soon as you can about the underlying issues causing the panic attack.

How do I get help to manage my anxiety?

Getting help from a registered doctor, counsellor, or therapist is an important first step. Trained counsellors or therapists can help you with tools and treatment for anxiety and refer you to medication if required. Apps such as Kena Health offer online counselling from your phone for only R 185 per session. You can get help in minutes, and there is no need to make a booking. 

Thank you, Kgomotso

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