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King’s Lynn 8:56 Foundation, Lynn News’ charity of the year provides fishing sessions to help reduce anxiety

The 8:56 Foundation, West Norfolk-based men’s wellbeing organisation, is providing further guidance on anxiety, the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week this year.

As shared in last week’s Friday edition of Lynn News, anxiety is more prevalent than most expect, and everyone will experience anxiety at some point in their life.

For instance, it is common to feel worried and anxious about taking an exam, undergoing a medical test, or prior to an important job interview.

Men's Time events provide sessions in fishing to help with relieving anxiety
Men's Time events provide sessions in fishing to help with relieving anxiety

On a deeper level, anxiety can be the main symptom of several conditions, including panic disorder, phobias, PTSD and social anxiety disorder.

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a long-term condition that can cause you to feel anxious about an expansive range of situations, as opposed to one distinct event. Those suffering from GAD feel anxious most of the time and often struggle to enter a state of relaxation.

Anxiety at certain times is a completely natural feeling, especially in high-pressure or life-changing moments.

If anxiety is affecting your daily life, the 8:56 Foundation recommends seeing a medical professional. Several treatments are available on the NHS including talking therapies and medication. The 8:56 also offers social activities designed to relax.

Men’s Time features sessions for slower-paced sports including fishing and bowling.

The next fishing event, which is free, takes place on Saturday, May 27 at Alive Lynnsport fishing lakes from 10am. Equipment is provided and men aged 18 and above of all abilities are welcome.

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