Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion. For example, you may feel nervous when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision.
Anxiety disorders are different, though. They are a group of mental illnesses, and the distress they cause can keep you from carrying on with your life normally.
For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming and can be disabling. But with treatment, many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life.
Here are few tips to help your friends and family who deal with anxiety cope:
1-Offer them a quiet place to go when you notice them getting anxious.
A bedroom, the back patio or even the laundry room with a chair will suffice! Sometimes, a quiet spot helps you gather your thoughts and compose yourself.
2-Don’t automatically assume they’re being “rude” or “antisocial” if you see them put headphones.
A lot of people I know who struggle with anxiety consider music to be calming.
3- Don’t harass or tease them if they aren’t joining in on the 50 conversations going on.
Sometimes, it’s just a bit much to handle.
Keep these tips in mind to help avoid a potential anxiety attack.