If you love someone with anxiety you should aways remember these facts. People with anxiety are every bit as successful, beautiful and important as everyone else. Anxiety doesn’t change that. Here are some more things to remember.
1: They are awesome
People who have anxiety are still people, no different to you or me. They’re still amazing and there’s absolutely no need to treat them differently to how you’d treat anyone else.
2: They deserve support
Let’s be honest here. We’ve all had our own issues from time to time, right? And we all wanted support. So pay it back or pay it forward and be the supportive person that you yourself might be thankful for some day.
3: They can still do amazing things
Just because someone has anxiety doesn’t mean they can’t achieve amazing things. Some of the most successful people in history had anxiety—Abharam Lincoln, Johnny Depp, Adele…
4: Let’s just be compassionate
It’s best if we remember to be a little more compassionate with people with anxiety. They’re more sensitive, but just so long as we’re compassionate, everything will be great.
5: Give them time
Sometimes people with anxiety just need a little bit of time to be alone. Heck, that’s perfectly natural.
6: They can act rashly
Panic can sometimes cause people to act rashly and without thought. If they do something thoughtless, don’t be too hard on them, give them a break.
7: It can seem like they’re ignoring you, but…
It might seem like they’re ignoring you at times. But it’s because they’re not feeling comfortable talking. They don’t mean it personally. Let them be.
8: Respect the fact that it can be hard to change
We all wish for a cure to anxiety. But the reality of the situation is that it is a challenge to overcome anxiety. Don’t make them feel rushed. Make them feel supported instead.