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What are great ways to help a loved one with anxiety?   

#help people with anxiety #helping a family with anxiety


Avyanna Dream Site Admin
@admin · Posted 23 Sep. 2021


Pritika Thakur 
@pritika98 · Updated 24 Sep. 2021

Anxiety is something that is experienced differently by different people. So, the best thing to do first is to talk to and ask the person about it. It also helps if you do some study on the subject, although it's best not to make any assumptions or generalizations on your own. There are no quick fixes for anxiousness, so try to be flexible with the needs/suggestions you give them. You can either distract them or give them space to compose themselves or talk about it if that's what they need. It mostly depends on what the person is asking for, how they are, and how well you know them. I've also read somewhere that chewing gum helps.


Osheen Sharma
@Osheen.Sharma · Posted 25 Sep. 2021

Pritika is right. With mental health, there aren't any quick fixes. One suggestion for people trying to help their friends/family deal with anxiety is not to force anything. Do not try to tell them how they can make changes in their life to help with anxiety at that moment or even force them to try something you think will help. At the moment, the most important thing is for them to be able to feel better. Another important thing is to keep an open mind even if you don't understand how they feel or why they feel that way. Something that might not affect you could be a trigger for them, so it is best not to judge or belittle people for the things that bother them. 


Joe Waiganjo
@Techy.Rack · Posted 25 Sep. 2021

If you love someone who has an anxiety disorder, there are a lot of ways that you can support them. First step—just learn more about the condition.

Read stories from other people who have had that diagnosis or a similar one. Sometimes the best way to really understand is to hear a moving story from someone in their own words. Understand there’s a difference between stress and an anxiety disorder.

We are all stressed about life sometimes. People with anxiety disorders are trapped inside their own heads. Making people feel weak because their brains work a different way however is just not helpful. You may think you’re giving “tough love” to somebody, but you’re probably making them feel worse.


Debbie Katz Free Spirit
@debkatz78 · Posted 27 Sep. 2021

You can be there for someone without fully understanding what they are going through. I know for a lot of people, they don't typically understand anxiety or panic attacks unless they have gone through them. I agree about reading more about it and trying to understand it best you can so you know what you can and can't do for someone. Ultimately, anxiety is a condition of habit that gets reinforced by the person who has the problem. Helping a person overcome these habits be it thought or action will go a long way, think CBT. You just have to make sure you go at their pace without letting them fall back into old habits. It is a lot of work but the person who has anxiety ultimately has the final say. 

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