Last week we talked about how to talk to your loved ones about anxiety, which can be quite intimidating for anxiety sufferers. But what if you’re on the other end of this conversation? It can be very difficult when you have a friend or family member who suffers from anxiety. You might be unsure of what to say or how to act. Perhaps you worry that you’ll end up doing more harm than good.
You may even feel helpless knowing that your loved one is in pain and you can’t do anything to change it. But the reality is that anxiety sufferers often feel misunderstood and isolated, and by simply being a supportive, non-judgmental presence in your loved one’s life, you can make a huge difference. Here are a few important tips for helping a loved one cope with anxiety.