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Dealing with anxiety

Anxiety is common and we know that 59% of people with axial SpA (AS) experience mental health problems. If you’re experiencing anxiety, you’re not alone. We’ve put together some resources that you may find helpful.

If you would like to speak to someone, visit our wellbeing page for a list of organisations you can contact via their Helpline. For advice on managing your axial SpA (AS), please contact our Helpline.

Breathing and Relaxation Techniques

Thank you to Dave Smithson at Anxiety UK for sharing this guide on breathing and relaxation techniques.

Panic Attacks

Dave Smithson also shared Anxiety UK‘s helpful guide on dealing with panic attacks.

Dealing with axial SpA (AS) during a pandemic

Dave Smithson from Anxiety UK joined Zoë Clark, our Self Management Programme Officer, to explain different coping techniques for managing anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic. He includes some practical techniques and helpful insights.

Download Anxiety UK’s coping with lockdown workbook.

What is resilience?

In this blog, Zoë Clark brings together what we’ve learnt from coping with the Covid-19 pandemic with the skills people with axial SpA (AS) develop to manage the condition and the effect it has on our lives.

Emotional Wellbeing

Visit our YouTube playlist containing lots of videos to help you support your emotional wellbeing, including mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

For more information on looking after your emotional wellbeing, including a list of organisations you can contact for help and support, visit our wellbeing page.

Every Mind Matters

The NHS and Public Health England have created a hub of advice, support and resources for your mental health. Visit Every Mind Matters for topics including coping with loneliness, self-care for younger people, creating a personalised mind plan and more.