Anxiety is something that can be hard to handle, especially on your own. If your loved one has anxiety, be there for them. Even though anxiety is different for each person that experiences it, here are some tips of how to be supportive.
The best thing to do is to encourage them to make better choices. Encourage them to take their medicine or go to their therapy appointments, but also encourage them to go out and try new things. Anxiety can make people want to stay in their homes and that can lead to other problems. Invite them out to go to the mall, go out for lunch, etc. They may turn down the invitation, but try again the next day or ask them where they would like to go.
Worrying about anxiety can bring on a panic attack. If you and your loved one are going away, they might worry that anxiety is going to join you as well. They don’t want to spoil your good time, due to them having a panic attack. Assure them that you are still going to have a good time, even if anxiety shows up. Make sure they know that you won’t be disappointed, that you will not judge them, and that they are capable of handling their anxiety (if it does show up). The less someone with anxiety has to worry about, the chances of anxiety will not show up while away from home.
Having someone to talk to is important. Be there to listen to their worries, their thoughts, or anything that is on their mind. Even if their thoughts are irrational, listen to them. When responding, respond honestly to them. However, do not say something along the lines of, “You’re just overreacting. Things will be fine.” Instead, say, “I know you are worried that this might happen, but is it probable? What is going to happen if it does? How will you handle it?” By saying these things, your loved one will think about the situation and realize that their thought is not likely to happen and they will know what to do if the situation arises.
Anxiety can be difficult to deal with, but never give up on your loved one. Things will get better.
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