How to Love Those with AnxietyTaking time to learn about and pray over the other person’s anxiety will not only strengthen the relationship, but your own perspective as well.
Those who love people with anxiety practice a great deal of patience and compassion. Taking time to learn about and pray over the other person’s anxiety will not only strengthen the relationship, but your own perspective as well. These are six tips on how to love others with anxiety.
1. “It’s okay” is Sometimes All You Need to Say.
And you can’t say it enough. Sometimes, the best thing that you can say is “everything will be okay” and remind them to take deep breaths.
Validate their feelings and emotions. Don’t tell them, “you’re overreacting” and never respond in anger or with harsh words.
3. Understand Their Needs.
Make sure there’s room to say no when making plans, and don’t take it personally. Answer texts timely. Accept their apologies, even when it seems unnecessary to you.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Hug!
But ask permission first.
5. Don’t Ignore Their Anxious Thoughts…
…no matter how “silly” they may seem to you. Anxious thoughts tend to lead to thinking the worst-case scenarios. Don’t become defensive. Take a moment to pause and reflect, and then respond with compassion.
6. Know How Important You Are to Them.
Remaining by their side in times of struggle can mean a world to the person, even if they don’t outright show it. They know, deep down, that you’re a keeper and that you’ll be there for them in any moment no matter what.