It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and it has a lot to do with what has happened in my life lately as well as my anxiety. Just my anxiety alone will prevent me from doing something I absolutely love. I decided to do an Anxiety awareness post since this month is mental health awareness month. A lot of people don’t fully understand what Anxiety really is and what it feels like for those who suffer from it. So, I am going to shed some light on that and hopefully give those who don’t suffer from anxiety a better understanding of what it is and how to help someone who suffers from it.
1. Anxiety isn’t something a person can just “Snap out of .“
Anxiety is caused by behavior. Because of this, it takes the right information, help, support and hard work to overcome issues with anxiety.
2. Reassure them that they are going to be okay.
Anxiety can create one of the strongest reactions the body can experience. This strong reaction can create intense emotions, feelings, sensations, and symptoms.
3. Stay calm and help them to calm down.
Anxiety is predicated on fear. This fear can be rational or irrational. Encourage them to calm down or settle down. They will feel better once they do but it can take some time for them to actually calm down.
4. Be available.
Let them know that you are there for them. Let them know that they can talk to you without fear of judgment. Also let them know that you aren’t going to change the way you think of them because they are dealing with anxiety issues.
5. Be patient.
Anxiety can sound like a broken record – replaying the same topics and fears over and over again. While you might understand the nature of their struggle and see it clearly, the sufferer doesn’t. Replaying the same issues is their way of trying to come to terms with their fears.
6. Learn everything you can about anxiety.
Knowledge is power, right? If you want to help someone with their anxiety, become an expert on it. The more you know, they better. You can provide ongoing information, support and reassurance to them.
7. Empathize, don’t patronize.
Sufferers typically feel bad enough about what is going on in their life. They don’t They don’t want sympathy, but they do appreciate your compassion and understanding.
8. Celebrate the small victories.
Overcoming anxiety takes a lot of hard work. On the way to lasting success, there are often a great many little steps and victories. Celebrate them. Doing so can be very encouraging to the sufferer.
9. Affirm Them.
Encourage them to feel better about themselves. Low self-esteem is often associated with the struggle of anxiety. Your positivity and encouragement can help them see themselves more positively.
10. Take their anxiety issues seriously always.
Never joke about their anxiety. It’s not a joke to them. It’s a serious issue that they wish they didn’t have to deal with. The minute you make one joke, they’ll probably never trust you again.
11. Continually offer hope.
Your continued hope and reassurance can help them get through the drudge of recovery. Once they have recovered, you’ll recognize the true value of the hope you provided.
Anxiety sucks totally. It makes you over think everything and think the worst in pretty much any situation that has even the littlest bit of stress. Anxiety gives you major self-image problems. Anxiety can cause those who suffer from it, to push those who care away. This is my biggest issue. Luckily, the people I have in my life who understand my anxiety, push back harder to stay in my life. One of my friends noticed that I was hardly contacting her anymore and when she said something about it, she said, “I know it’s your anxiety doing this, but just know that the more your anxiety says to push me out, the harder I’m going to push to be in your life.” I honestly don’t think she knows how much this meant to me.