What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is when we have a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. So basically we worry or are afraid about things that we think are going to happen e.g. I'm going to look really bad giving this presentation.
What happens is we avoid doing the activity. Whilst that reduces the fear initially, it usually returns the next time we encounter the difficulty.
Another way to look at it is, stressful situations can come and go for example moving home or changing job. Once you’ve moved home, your stress levels tend to go down once you get settled in. Anxiety on the other hand can persist whether or not the cause is known to the sufferer.