What is anxiety and how do we respond to it? Different people have different answers to these questions. To set out what we believe, we have created our Anxiety Manifesto.
Anxiety is a normal human emotion
There is nothing "wrong" with us because we experience anxiety. It is a normal, healthy part of being a human. In fact it is essential: anxiety is the reason we _don't_ stand in the middle of the tracks just looking at the train. We do not need to eliminate it from our lives or emotional range.
Anxiety should not control our lives
We refuse to let anxiety shrink our world. We aim to manage and control it, allowing us to achieve our goals and lead the lives we want to lead. We shape our own destiny; anxiety does not do it for us.
The best way to control anxiety is through lifestyle
Adopting an anxiety-friendly lifestyle is the best defence we have against anxiety. Medication and therapy are useful tools, but they have to be employed on a foundation of clean living, healthy diet, strong relationships and an active participation in our community.
Our approach should be evidence-based
Evidence should be at the core of everything we do. We want proven strategies that have been shown to really make a difference in people's lives. We acknowledge the power of placebo and the role it can play.
Together we are stronger
Mental health is not something to be ashamed of, or shy away from. We embrace common ground and come together for mutual support, in the spirit of achieving more together.
Download and print
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