Does your friend get anxiety attacks? Here’s how you can help your friend

It is awful to just watch a loved one suffering from anxiety, but you don’t have to feel helpless. You can help them. Here are tips on how you can support your friend with anxiety.
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Anxiety and panic attacks make your life difficult. It’s nearly impossible to lead a normal life with anxiety. Anxiety does not only affect the person experiencing it but also the people around such a person. Getting through the day can be really difficult for a person with an anxiety disorder. They spiral and make it very difficult for the loved ones to just sit back and watch. If you see your friend or loved one spiraling with anxiety, it’s okay to feel helpless and scared. It’s okay to not know how to deal with it as long as you are willing to learn. Someone with an anxiety disorder needs you much more than you’d ever know. You don’t have to just sit back and feel awful and scared to take control of things. It’s normal to be scared of making things worse which is why research is important. You have already taken the first step towards helping your friend. Here’s a list of what else you can do to help them.

 

Hear them out. Be a good listener. Let them vent it all out. Let them talk about their pain and problems. Normalize their problem and create free communication.

 

Don’t give them reassurance, give them a solution instead. 

 

Be there for them when they need you. Provide them support. Allow them to reach out to you and take their calls even in the middle of the night. Spend time with them. Share a comfortable silence with them if needed

 

Don’t give them space even if they ask for it. Space and distance are the last things they need. It’s important for them to not disconnect and stay in touch with you.

 

Don’t let them push you away. People with anxiety cannot think straight and may push you away. 

 

Ask them how you can help. Ask them what they need and what you can do to help with their anxiety attacks and then do it too.

 

Ask them what their triggers are, understand their triggers. Try to keep them away from anything that may be a trigger

 

If you find them in a stressful situation, remove them from there and put them in comforting and familiar surroundings.

 

Don’t be judgemental and negative. Avoid negative statements and stick to positive statements. Instead of saying ‘don’t worry yourself’ say, ‘You should find a solution for this problem’. Don’t dismiss their problem instead, encourage them to get better.

 

Make them laugh and give them reassuring hugs. Help them with breathing exercises.

 

Don’t get angry and frustrated with them. Understand that they have a problem that will take a slightly longer time to get better. Be forgiving.

 

Encourage them to seek professional help.

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