- Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author.
- Over half of all Americans struggle with anxiety, and many face difficulty finding ways to cope.
- While a little anxiety can be healthy, Morin says that high anxiety can prevent you from performing well at work and cause tension in your personal life.
- Here are seven things she recommends cutting down on or cutting out completely.
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Despite the many conveniences of modern-day life, not to mention the invention of anti-anxiety medication, anxiety levels still continue to soar. In fact, a 2018 survey conducted by the American Psychiatric Association found that over half of all Americans struggle with anxiety. And almost 40% of Americans said that they are more anxious now than the year before.
While a little anxiety is normal and healthy (its purpose is to keep you safe from danger), too much of it can take a toll on your life. If your anxiety gets too high, it may even interfere with your ability to function. It’s estimated that one in five Americans may have a full-blown anxiety disorder.
High anxiety may require professional intervention, but individuals with lower levels of anxiety may find relief by making a few small lifestyle changes. Here are seven things everyone can cut out of their life to reduce anxiety.