There’s no denying we could all use a little escape from our day-to-day stress and seemingly endless to-do lists. Anxiety seems to plague our society like never before, affecting approximately 18% of the U.S. adult population (40 million people), according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Part of the reason for this staggering amount of anxiety is the influx of technology and the mental demands and little down time it requires. “Life moves quickly and doesn’t shut down. It can be difficult, and near impossible, for the average person or even techy to keep up with all the changes and advances,” Dr. Vivian Sierra, a marriage and family therapist in Saint Louis, Missouri, said in an interview with The Cheat Sheet.
While a little anxiety can be normal — after all, it’s your body’s natural fight-or-flight response to danger — an excess of it can be downright debilitating. So to help you find some mental peace when the going gets tough, we asked top experts in the field of psychology to share their best sanity saving solutions.