How To Be a Friend To Someone With Anxiety

Anxiety sucks. And the worst part? You're basically all on your own because no one knows what to do when you are having an anxiety attack. It is easy to feel isolated and scared. Friends, listen up. You can help. Keep in mind that everyone is different and you should ask your friend if this is what they want before you go ahead and do it. 

Give Them Some Space

Sometimes, all a person needs is a little time on their own to feel peace. Gently ask them if they want you to stay or gol; if they ask for space, don't be offended. It is hard enough having anxiety, please don't make them feel bad for asking for time alone. Just let them know that you are only a text or a phone call away.

Distract Them with Random Adventures

Maybe your friend has had a particularly difficult week and sitting in their room all day has done more harm than good. Offer to take them on a spontaneous hike or simply to the grocery store to get some comfort food for baking. Remember to be yourself and make them laugh. A lot of the time the distraction is welcome and needed.

Stay In and Let Them Pick the Movie

I think there are only a few things that are better than watching a movie with your friends. Be a friend and let them pick whatever cheesy romantic comedy that makes them feel better.

Surprise Them with Their Favorite Sweets

The most comforting feeling in the world is to know someone is thinking about you. Make a trip to the bakery or just stop at a store and grab them their favorite candy. It's the little things that count. 

Let Them Talk to You About It

There are times where you can't always be there physically to do things for your friends. However, just listening to what they have to say may be all it takes to put their mind at ease. Be a good listener and let them talk to you about any fears they may be having and reassure them that things will be ok. A lot of the times, all they are looking for is a listening ear and a nonjudgmental heart. 

At the risk of sounding like a medication commercial, these tips may not be for your friend. The only way know for sure is to have an open conversation and ask them directly. They may not always have someone care enough to want to make them feel better. If you are reading this, then you are a true friend who only wants to make their friend happy. Keep your intentions pure and be aware that they are going through something that they cannot control.