Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional. This post is for informational purposes only based on my personal experience. Please seek professional medical help if you have more inquiries about anxiety or other mental health diseases.
Living with anxiety is hard, but knowing how to help someone else with anxiety is difficult too. I started to write this post with my own ideas on what I thought would be helpful to me as I deal with my anxiety. But then it hit me! So many of my friends have already done some amazingly kind things for me that have been helpful! So I decided to share some of those ideas with you today.
1.) Send Care Packages
One friend who lives far away will sometimes send me random care packages. Sometimes it’s an item or two to cheer me up. Other times it has been something like the buddy box from the blurt foundation. They are amazing. Check them out here.
2.) Send notes of Encouragement
Several friends have given me uplifting and encouraging notes. One family member of mine even had several other family members write out positive notes to/about me and put them all in a container for me to read whenever I have a particularly bad day.
3.) Give motivational Artwork
Friends have given or made artwork with quotes that help me get through each day.
One friend used letter art to create a sign with my favorite bible verse.
Another of my favorites is an art print from Harry Potter that says “Don’t let the muggles get you down”.
4.) Do tasks to ease Anxiety
Sometimes I tell friends what things will help ease my anxiety and they do them! For example, I am a little anxious about making sure my meat gets cooked to recommended temperature. So when my friends cook for me, they will use a food thermometer to make sure it gets to proper temperature instead of just eye balling it.
This is probably the most important thing on this list. Sometimes I just need to get things off of my chest. Having someone who listens and validates my feelings is a tremendous help.
6.) Encourage Self Care
I have one friend who always tries to make sure I take some time for myself by asking me to get a pedicure.
7.) Share your own Journey
Sometimes talking things out with people who also experience anxiety is very beneficial. They share what works for them and sometimes it also works for me.
8.) Spend Quality time
When someone wants to spend time with you, it helps you to feel loved. Feeling loved helps when you struggle with loving yourself some days.
I’m sure there have been several other ways that my friends and family have helped me along the way but those are some of the ones that stick out the most in my brain right now.
Do you have any suggestions on how to help someone with anxiety? Leave a comment and let me know!