In This Chapter
Mindfulness is a lifestyle rather than a short-term fix, and my hope is that this book provides you with the tools you need to get started with mindfulness and manage your anxiety a little better.
But anxiety is a complex condition that can appear in many different ways. You need to determine whether your level of anxiety requires you to see a medical professional or not. From time to time, everyone has some of the anxiety symptoms that I mention in this book – in many ways, they're what give people their little quirks and make them human! But as I discuss in this chapter, if you have several of those symptoms, they're at a disturbing or excessive level and are severely affecting your work and home life, you need to seek medical help.
This chapter is also about developing your mindfulness practice further, whether that's reading more on the topic, engaging in an eight-week mindfulness course or going on a retreat. In addition, I mention other therapies and organisations that are very beneficial for anxiety sufferers.
You may just have mild anxiety occasionally and find that using self-help books and moving your focus onto other things helps you manage it. You may also have gone through a stressful event recently that ...