It creeps up slowly and the same signs start to reappear.
My head starts to feel full, my brain goes into overdrive, overthinking things. I can feel jittery and tense.
At 3am I can find myself awake and stewing on things, unable to roll over and get back to sleep.
This is my experience of anxiety.
I've come to recognise the signs of when I need to switch off, not make too many plans and look after myself a little bit more.
I think anxiety is something more common than people realise but still not openly talked about.
I've realised over the past year or so what helps me personally and I'd love to hear your suggestions too.
These are the little things I do, that make a big difference:
1. Removing Apps from my phone. I woke up one morning about a year ago and picked up my phone. I headed to a news app I'd read all the time and the first story I read was a scaremongering health report. Don't get me wrong, I like to know what's going on in the world but it was too much. I didn't want to start my day like this. I removed the news apps from my phone. Twitter is now my main source of news and from a short headline, I can decide if I want to read it further.