How do I help someone with anxiety?
The “dos” of helping someone with anxiety
- DO get a good understanding of their anxiety symptoms.
- DO let them know you’re here for them.
- DO listen to how they want to be supported.
- DO keep lines of communication open.
- DO look after yourself.
- DON’T constantly talk about their anxiety.
- DON’T enable their anxieties.
What to say to someone who has anxiety?
What to say to someone experiencing anxiety or a panic attack
- ‘Tell me about a time when things went wrong.’ When people experience anxiety, they often worry about what may happen in the future.
- Provide encouragement.
- Offer support in a helpful way.
- Share your experiences.
- ‘What do you need?’
What happens when you hug for 20 seconds?
During a hug, we release oxytocin, a hormone that relaxes us and lowers anxiety. It’s often called the “cuddle hormone,” and when it’s released during these 20-second hugs it can effectively lower blood pressure and reduce the stress hormone norepinephrine. Good, long hugs are good for your heart!
What techniques do you use to manage anxiety?
Take a wet washcloth and wipe down your face and neck, as anxiety can induce heat and sweat. Cooling down can help to reduce the intensity of an anxiety attack. Try to visualize a relaxing scene, like a day at the beach, relaxing on a hammock, etc. This helps to distract you from your anxious thoughts.
What are some tips for dealing with anxiety?
One strategy for dealing with anxiety is to do some sort of meditative activity for at least 15 minutes, three or four times each day. Research shows that meditation can significantly lower anxiety. Find a quiet environment, clear your mind, and actively relax, says Vittone.
How can I help someone dealing with anxiety?
Seven Ways to Help Someone with Anxiety Understand differences in how anxiety manifests. Because of evolution, we’re wired to respond to fear by either fight, flight, or freeze. Match your support to their preferences and attachment style. It’s best to ask someone what type of support they prefer rather than guess! Find ways to make use of any insight they have into their anxiety.
What are the best treatments for anxiety?
Counseling and therapy. Standard treatment for anxiety involves psychological counseling and therapy. This might include psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or a combination of therapy and counseling.