Transcript: 5 lifestyle changes that may help with managing anxiety or depression

ON-SCREEN TEXT: [Anxiety and worries]

Everyone worries and that’s normal.

Why do you worry? It’s a natural reaction that makes you alert in stressful situations. Think of driving in traffic or being late.

ON-SCREEN TEXT: Anxiety disorders affects nearly 20% of the US population age 18 and older
*Anxiety & Depression Association of America]

But sometimes worry is overwhelming. It affects your ability to cope. This is anxiety.

Anxiety might lead you to obsess about bad things that could happen.


  • Agitation
  • Fear
  • Dread


  • Dry mouth
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sweaty palms]

It can cause mental and physical responses that are hard to control. Anxiety can affect all areas of your life, from your work to your relationships.

ON-SCREEN TEXT: [Managing anxiety on your own]

There are ways to help manage anxiety on your own.

ON-SCREEN TEXT: [Eat healthy foods
Avoid caffeine and alcohol]

Try eating healthy foods and cutting back on caffeine and alcohol.

Get good quality sleep]

Exercise and good sleep can help keep your stress levels down.

ON-SCREEN TEXT: [Practice mindfulness]

You can also try mindfulness.

Meditation can help you become more in tune with your body. This can make you more aware of stress and your response to it.

ON-SCREEN TEXT: [Take deep breaths or count to ten]

Then, when anxiety strikes, pause and take a few deep breaths or slowly count to ten. That can help you control your reaction.

ON-SCREEN TEXT: [These tips are meant to be a starting point on your mental health journey and are not a cure for all mental health challenges.
Be sure to talk with your provider about any mental health concerns you may have.]

Worry and anxiety are normal reactions to life. Practicing some of these tips may help make your worries more manageable.



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