If you have a friend or loved one who is struggling with anxiety, you may be wondering how you can help.
First, be a good listener! Read our previous blog posts on the C.O.R.E. of listening if you aren't sure how.
Let your loved one know that you are there for them and that you care about their well-being. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and listen without judgment.
Encourage them to seek professional help: If your friend or loved one's anxiety is severe or interfering with their daily life, it may be helpful for them to seek the support of a mental health professional. Encourage them to seek out a therapist or counselor who can help them to identify the sources of their anxiety and develop coping strategies.
Be patient and understanding: Coping with anxiety can be a challenging and often frustrating process. Remind them that it's okay to take things one day at a time.
Remember, it's important to respect your friend or loved one's feelings and boundaries. If they don't want to talk about their anxiety or seek help, respect their decision and continue to offer your support in other ways.
Offering your support and understanding can make a big difference in helping them manage their anxiety.