40 million adults. This astounding number is how many adults in the U.S. battle with anxiety and depression each year. I am always disheartened by these statistics and can’t help but wonder, how can we fix this? Dealing with a life-long mental health battle myself, I’ve found that small victories each day are more effective long-term than attempting a lifestyle change all in one day. In light of that, I decided to write down 5 little things you can do each day to combat negative emotions.
Although everyone’s mental health journey is different, these 5 things have helped me lower my stress levels significantly. If doing 5 more things per day seems overwhelming, just start with one of them. Once that thing becomes a habit, and no longer seems like something on your to-do list, add another! Gradually, you will have altered your lifestyle to be less stressful and more mental-health friendly.