Mental Health

10 Things You Can Do to Decrease Your Anxiety

More than 40% of adults suffer from some type of anxiety. You are not alone.

In a recent survey, more than 40% of American adults reported experiencing anxiety. Anxiety about health, safety, and money were commonly cited as sources of anxiety, though for many people their anxiety couldn’t be attributed to a specific source.

If you are struggling to cope with anxiety, remember you are not alone. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate; it can affect anyone. Suffering from anxiety or another mental illness isn’t a negative reflection on who you are as a person. Being sick isn’t a choice, and it isn’t your fault. There are people out there who understand how you’re feeling and what you’re going through, and there are more of those people than you might realize.

Sometimes, people with anxiety avoid getting the help they need precisely because of their anxiety; they irrationally worry they will be judged negatively or experience other negative consequences when they admit they have a problem and need help. Yet, taking that difficult first step can be the most important thing you ever do.