Dealing with anxiety can always feel like a daunting endeavor—but it doesn’t have to be one. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States and affect 18% of adults 18 and over.
If you struggle with anxiety, try these simple ways to keep the negative feelings at bay:
• Don’t drink alcoholic and caffeinated beverages in excess, as they can aggravate your anxiety and cause panic attacks.
• Exercising regularly can maintain both your physical and mental health. These mood boosting exercises are a great way to get started.
• Learn what triggers your anxiety so that you can create coping mechanisms. Keeping a diary might help.
Need help coping when you’re in the moment? Try these quick little tricks for a better and less stressful day.
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