Life can sometimes be difficult to manage, and many of us can suffer from stress and anxiety. We all tackle it differently, some easier than others. Mental health has certainly got a lot more awareness in society now, and we all want to help those who are going through it. So how can you help someone who suffers from anxiety?
Anxiety, like other forms of mental illness, can make you feel as though you’re the only one suffering from it because it’s an internal thing that only you yourself feel. So it can be difficult to articulate how you’re feeling. Reassurance is a great thing which we all need in our lifetime whether that’s through work or life choices, we need someone to say ‘it’ll be ok.’ Anxiety is such an intense mixture of emotions that, in the moment, it can feel like the body is in danger. So if you’re with them at this point in time, reassure them and give them as much comfort as possible.
Anxiety comes with a lot of fear, and that fear can be rational or irrational. Regardless of which one it is, it doesn’t need any more fuel to the flame so if you’re panicking; then they’ll panic even more. In situations where someone is having a panic attack, it’s important to stay calm. Why? Well because that person has become so panicked and vulnerable, they need someone with them as a body of calm. This example will help them calm down so don’t raise your voice or start panicking yourself. Remain calm and try and encourage the same for them.
SUPPORT THEM TO FIND THE CAUSE
There’s normally trigger points for those with anxiety, a lot like when we get stressed, there’s something that caused that feeling in the first place. Help them to find their triggers and support them in finding ways to tackle it. Whether that’s through a cbd dosage, exercise or finding something that helps them keep calm. Therapy is also a recommendation but only suggest and support. Don’t force them to do something that they may not want to do or be ready for.
HELP THEM FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES
When it comes to anxiety, it can take over the whole mind and make you think that there’s nothing good in your life. At times like this, you need someone there who can tell you that these are your positives in your life that make you happy. Whether it’s listing all the good things, they’ve done in their life or talking about loved ones. This can really help someone with anxiety to focus on the good in their life.
Anxiety isn’t something that can be cured or fixed completely. Like with many mental illnesses, it can last a lifetime, but it’s learning how to manage it and not control your life that’s important. So if you want to help someone with anxiety, try these steps and support them as best as you can, whenever you can.