I applied for ARB today and I can't believe how anxious this has made me feel! The process of applying has stirred up emotions I thought I'd dealt with by the time I left teaching last Summer, after 27 years service. In 2013 I had a complete mental and physical breakdown due to bereavement, work-related stress and a hostile SLT response. With the help of my lovely family, friends and cognitive behavioural therapy I recovered. I did supply work for two terms before accepting a permanent contract in a very challenging school. Eventually, I realised that 60 hour plus working weeks were not for me and I planned my escape. I have absolutely no regrets regarding leaving my teaching position and will never teach again. I now work in a less demanding environment doing a useful job which pays a decent salary with a decent pension. My colleagues are friendly, welcoming and fun to be with. I've got my life back and I'm very happy. So my question is why have I regressed into anxiety at this point? Has anyone experienced a similar reaction?