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WHY ARE WE ALL SO anxıous…

…and what can we do to stop feeling so stressed all the time?


A certain level of anxiety – stress, worrying or apprehension – is normal. It’s a feature of our ‘better safe than sorry’ brains attuned to possible dangers. Worry may even have evolved alongside intelligence, says a US study, with our cleverer ancestors – who worried the most – more likely to survive and pass on their ‘worry’ genes. The danger of sabre-tooth tigers has long gone, but anxiety can be useful – worrying about a project can motivate you to work harder on it. But if you’re anxious on a regular basis, you’re putting your psychological and physical health at risk.

‘Stress and anxiety are part of life’, says Caroline Foran, who’s affected by the condition and author of Owning It: Your Bullsh*t- ree Guide To Coping With Anxiety (Hachette, £9.99, out 11 May). If you try to live completely anxiety-free you’ll drive yourself mad. Instead, you need to equip yourself with the tools and knowledge to manage it.’ Nicky Lidbetter, CEO of Anxiety UK, agrees and believes there can be upsides to the condition. ‘I always say that people with anxiety do extra thinking – you think everything through to the nth degree. That can be debilitating, but can also be useful – it’s helped me find solutions to several problems and kept me driven,’ she says.

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Discover your #healthystressbuster of choice in our May issue of healthy, which features one of our favourite wellbeing warriors, Ella Mills (aka Deliciously Ella). We’ve rounded up 21 ways to conquer stress, including food to keep you calm and an exclusive feature on anxiety – take the quiz to find out how it affects you! Next up, give Easter a ‘bake-over’ with our inspiring recipe pages, featuring spelt hot buns and vegan ‘Snickers’ bars. Plus! We ask: do you need female Viagra? And are you born to be fat? Find out more in the brand new issue of healthy.