Activities U.S. adults engaged in when feeling stressed, anxious, or sad as of 2018

This statistic shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. who engaged in select activities "more than usual" when facing a challenge or stress as of 2018. It was found that 30 percent of U.S. adults stated they ate comfort food "more than usual" when they faced a challenge or problem that made them feel stressed, anxious or sad/depressed.

Percentage of adults in the U.S. who engaged in select activities "more than usual" when facing a challenge or stressful event as of 2018

Percentage of respondents
Eat comfort food30%
Lose your cool28%
Sleep in/ go to sleep earlier/ nap27%
Listen to music26%
Sit and wait it out17%
Get in touch with/ go see sympathetic people15%
Exercise13%
Drink alcohol11%
Smoke cigarettes6%
Use drugs/ use prescription meds other than prescribed4%
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Sources

Release date

October 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

May 15 to June 1, 2018

Number of respondents

2,287 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: Again when facing challenges or problems in your life that may be stressful, anxiety-producing, or cause you to be sad/depressed, how do these challenges impact your engagement in the following activities? More than usual, Less than usual, The same as usual, I do not engage in this activity

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