Anxiety disorders are a psychological problem that causes a number of different symptoms that can be debilitating. It affects their quality of life as well as affecting relationships. In order to help a person who has anxiety, it is essential to understand what anxiety is, in order to empathize with what the person feels and they recommend some guidelines to support a person who suffers from it. Anxiety is incredibly common but it can leave the person feeling alone when those around them don’t fully grasp the concept. This may be because they have never experienced it before. Perhaps their anxiety is created from stress at work.
For anxiety to be considered a psychological disorder, the feeling of fear must occur when there is no real threat, when the physical, emotional and behavioral reaction is disproportionate to the seriousness of the threat or when the person mentally anticipates a complicated situation that still has not happened.
Guidelines to help people with anxiety
Family members and friends of people who suffer from anxiety problems often do not know how to manage these situations or how to help their loved one when they need it, making them feel confused and helpless in this situation. Despite the fact that each person may have particularities in terms of what can favor them, there are common factors to all people with anxiety about what can and cannot be done in these cases. How to help a person who suffers from anxiety?
- Keep calm and project calm to the person with anxiety. It is preferable to speak in a calm tone and explain that you are available to help.
- Stop blaming or trivializing. If the person could calm down or control their anxiety they would just do it. It is important to understand that anxiety is irrational and that it cannot be avoided.
- In anxiety there is a tendency to overvalue fears and underestimate personal resources. A person with anxiety can be helped by helping them analyze the situation more realistically so that they feel stronger to cope.
- Motivation in seeking professional help. Family members of a person with anxiety cannot do the work of an expert psychologist who has specific tools supported by the latest scientific studies to solve the anxiety problem. For this reason, and since seeking help from a psychologist can be stressful and distressing, family members should motivate and support the search for psychological help.
- Participate in psychological treatment. Generally it is usually very beneficial to know the progress that the person with anxiety is making during their psychological therapy to support and help in the application of the techniques recommended by the professional.
- Look at medications or alternative treatments such as CBD. CBD drops can have many benefits.
- Encourage new hobbies. Hobbies can be great for anxiety because they act as a distraction and provide a new release of energy. Exercise is particularly good for this. You could also look at yoga as well as other things such as kickboxing, swimming or Pilates. All will provide beneficial benefits. *this is a collaborative post*