It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year, the focus is on anxiety.

“Anxiety is a normal emotion in all of us, but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem.” Mental Health Foundation (MHF)

Everyone gets anxious from time to time, and there are many causes. However, with the cost-of-living crisis impacting the nation’s mental health; this year MHA Week is bringing attention to financial anxiety.

What is Anxiety?

As the MHF state above, anxiety is a normal emotion we all feel, which is why it can be overlooked.

This is when anxiety becomes a problem.

If a person actively avoids situations that cause anxiety, has an anxious response that far outweighs the situation, can no longer perform everyday tasks, or has panic attacks, anxiety has become a mental health problem.

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At this point, an individual is unlikely to be able to manage their anxiety alone and will need professional support.

In this blog, we take a look at: what is anxiety, financial anxiety in the UK, the impact on employees, and the impact on employers.