by Comprehensive Staff
If you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone. A recent study released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that 4.3 million Americans who work full-time experienced some form of an anxiety disorder in the past year. That is approximately 3.7 percent of the working population (aged 18 or older).
Medical Daily, a website dedicated to covering health and science news, provides the following tips for reducing anxiety and creating a better work-life balance.
One of the single best ways to improve both physical and mental health is to carve out time in your daily schedule to exercise.
2. Consider counseling
While structuring your own schedule gives you a sense of independence in overcoming anxiety, sometimes it’s important to get a second, more objective opinion. If your company provides Employee Assistance Program [link to EAP page of Comprehensive’s site] benefits, this is an excellent place to start.
3. Get plenty of sleep
Not getting enough sleep lead to fatigue, lack of focus, anxiety, and an overall poorer quality of mood. Sleeping a solid eight hours or more a night will protect your body from wearing itself down, and refresh your overworked, tired mind as well.
4. Get outside
Time and time again, research shows that being out in nature — even if it's just a green park — reduces anxiety and depression, and boosts focus, creativity, and overall mental health.
5. Manage your time
One of the most important ways to prevent yourself from feeling too overwhelmed (which often leads to anxiety and panic attacks) is to manage your time properly.
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