5 Tips for Helping a Loved One Cope With Anxiety

5 Tips for Helping  a Loved One Cope With Anxiety

 

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.

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The Benefits of Yoga for Anxiety and Stress Relief

The Benefits of Yoga for Anxiety and Stress Relief

With stress, anxiety and depression levels at an all-time high in the United States, it’s no wonder that yoga has seen a surge in popularity over the past 10 years.  A surprising number of Americans are hooked on this versatile and accessible practice, which combines the physical benefits of exercise with the mental and emotional benefits of meditation.

No matter what a person’s reason for unrolling a yoga mat for the first time – whether it is for weight loss, pain relief, or merely to see what the hype is about – practitioners quickly recognize the stress and anxiety-relieving impact that yoga can have. If you haven’t tried yoga for anxiety and stress, read on to find out why you should seriously consider it.

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Enlisting Friends and Family for Anxiety Support

 

Enlisting Friends and Family for Anxiety Support

 

Living with anxiety can leave people feeling isolated and alone due to the perceived lack of understanding and support available to them. Sufferers often desperately want to reach out to loved ones for anxiety support but have no idea how to do so. They fear that others will see them as weak or incompetent, or that they’ll be known as the “crazy” one in their circle of friends and family. They are often afraid that disclosing their situation will bring about social repercussions, or that they will suddenly be seen in a different light. Many anxiety sufferers worry that their loved ones just won’t “get it,” and rather than support for anxiety, they’ll only bring about more isolation.

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Managing Anxiety’s Impact on Relationships

 

Managing anxiety in relationships

If you experience chronic anxiety, it has likely impacted your life in significant ways. You may have felt its effects at your job or in your social life. Perhaps your hobbies and passions have taken a back seat because you’re so often consumed by anxious thoughts.

Anxiety can also take its toll on another important area of your life – your romantic relationships. Anxiety and relationships are a tricky combination, because when you already struggle to keep your emotions and fears in check, allowing yourself to be emotionally entangled with and vulnerable to another person can be confusing, overwhelming, and challenging.

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Beating Anxiety: Facing your fears

Beating Anxiety: Facing your fears

 

Anxiety sufferers employ countless strategies for trying to overcome their anxiety. I’ve found that many of these techniques go in one of two directions: either making symptoms less troublesome (such as medication, calming herbs, and relaxation techniques), or giving the body something it may need (vitamins and minerals, exercise, or more sleep, for instance). Both approaches are valuable, of course, and provide a key element in any anxiety treatment plan. But there is another crucial step you must take if you really want to beat anxiety – facing the fears and worries that cause your anxiety in the first place.

Whether you suffer from a specific phobia, struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or have general, persistent stress and worry over everyday things, fear has taken on a leading role in your life. And many of our responses to our anxieties — including compulsive behaviors, avoidance, and procrastination — come about from a desire to eliminate our fears without ever having to face them.

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