Sunday, 5 February 2017

Helpful Things To Say To Someone With Anxiety

Whether this is for you to help a friend or family member who suffers from anxiety, this is you sending the link to a friend or family member who doesn't necessarily know how to help you when you're anxious, or you're just generally having a read- I hope you learn something valuable from this post.

What is anxiety?
Anxiety is the feeling of fear or panic. Most people feel anxious, panicky or fearful about situations in life, such as money problems or exams but often once the difficult situation is over, you feel better and calmer. Sometimes the feelings of fear or anxiety continue after the difficult situation or sometimes you may feel a stronger sense of fear than other people and this is when anxiety becomes a problem and can affect you doing every day things.
Symptoms of anxiety include feeling frightened, nervous or panicky all the time. You may also feel down or depressed and have difficulties sleeping and eating, be unable to concentrate on things and feel tired and irritable. Physically you might have palpitations or a racing of your heart, dry mouth, trembling, faintness and you may experience stomach cramps or diarrhoea.
Young people with anxiety usually experience anxiety in three ways:
  • generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • panic attacks
  • phobias
Some physical or mental health problems can make you anxious, for example, around half of people with depression have panic attacks at some point. It can be a mixture of things or part of your personality. 
So, I put together a list of 10 questions or phrases that genuinely do help someone who suffers with anxiety.mPlease know that these phrases help more than you know. 

1. Do you need a break?

2. Can I give you a hand?

3. You are and always will be enough.

4. How can I help?

5. This is real, you're not imagining this and you are not crazy. 

6. Do you want to find somewhere quiet to go?

7. You wont feel this way forever, I promise. 

8. You're stronger than anything you are afraid of.

9. You can always talk to me- I cant promise that I will understand but I will try. 

10. It's not your fault. 

Feel free to send this link to people who you think it could help- leave a comment if it helped.

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