It can be really hard watching people you love deal with anxiety — especially if you feel like there’s nothing you can do to make things better.
While there’s no magical cure that you can offer them, there are some simple, practical things you can do to support them in their time of need.
1. Reach out I know this may sound like one of those things that’s so easy it can’t possibly make a difference, but I promise you that it can. Whether you send a text or call them on the phone, simply reaching out to them can be a huge reminder that they’re not alone and that someone loves them.
Instead of asking “How are you?”, I suggest rephrasing it a bit. Something like “How are you holding up?” or “How can I support you?” can hold space for them so they feel safe, supported, heard, cared for, and like they matter. That, alone, can be incredibly healing.
2. Send a card via snail mail As adults in the age of the internet, it’s very rare that we get anything in the mail other than junk and bills. So, receiving something unexpected like an “I’m thinking of you” card in the mail can truly brighten up someone’s day.
3. Drop off a meal or care package When someone is in the midst of overwhelm, even something as seemingly small as cooking a hot meal can feel like too much. Dropping off a plate of food or their favorite dish can be a HUGE help — and remind them that you care. I can guarantee that they will be grateful to receive this gesture of love from you.
4. Create a happy playlist If you have attended one of my classes, you know how healing music can be. In fact, studies have shown that listening to music can actually release endorphins into your bloodstream. Endorphins are hormones that can elicit feelings of happiness and excitement, ease feelings of anxiety, and even help alleviate pain. I’m also the queen of music playlists and have one for every mood I’m in. If you’re a fellow music lover, channel your love into creating a playlist filled with songs that make you feel happy and then share it with your friends and family. Or you can send them one of my many playlist I have on Spotify and Apple Music.
I hope that these ideas have inspired you to reach out and show support to someone in your life who may be struggling with anxiety. Remember, even the seemingly smallest show of support or caring can mean the world to someone.
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