At this time in 2018, 40 million Americans over the age of 18 are affected by anxiety – that’s roughly 19 percent of the nation’s population, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). And anxiety among adolescents is at an all time high: about 30% of girls and 20% of boys, totally 6.3 million teens, have a diagnosed anxiety disorder (per National Institute of Mental Health). There are numerous reasons for this astounding rate of anxiety in our country including: our less cohesive, disconnected communities, the constant self comparison brought on by social media, and getting caught up in the seemingly fast pace of life. In addition, anxiety seems to have a genetic feature to it. So if your parents were particularly anxious, you may have a predisposition to being anxious yourself; which means given the “right” environmental factors as mentioned...
Sometimes we need a reminder about just how harmful stress is to our overall wellbeing.
According to WebMD, in 2017:
It is important to be intentional about good self care. You don’t necessarily have to go join a gym and workout 5 days a week! There are a lot of smaller actions, done consistently, that will increase your ability to deal with stress. Read this quick article from The Huffington Post that lists 23 scientifically-backed ways to reduce stress including: