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Top 10 Things to Say to Someone with Symptoms of Anxiety

Top 10 Things to Say to Someone with Symptoms of Anxiety

Top 10 Things to Say to Someone with Symptoms of Anxiety

Did you know that everyone experiences symptoms of anxiety in their lifetime? This can impact both adults and children at any point in their lives. However, for most people, the symptoms of anxiety will only last a short period of time. In fact, some symptoms of anxiety can last a few minutes to a few days.

However, for some people, these symptoms of anxiety are more than everyday work stresses or passing worries. Furthermore, the symptoms of anxiety can last for many weeks, months or even years. It can deteriorate over time, where it becomes so severe it impacts in day to day functioning. It is vital for anyone struggling with long-term symptoms of anxiety to speak to their GP or healthcare professional.

With figures constantly increasing, most of us know someone struggling with anxiety. Many of you will have family members, friends or work colleagues that are living with anxiety.

The key is to understand that a friendly reminder that lets them know they are not alone may help to turn things around for them whether they are experiencing a rough moment, hour or day filled with anxiety.

Here are the top things you could say. Remember, they could be precisely what they need to hear right now:

  • "How you are feeling is temporary."

  • "I am here for you if you need to talk."

  • "What do you need right now."

  • "You are not alone in this; I am here for you."

  • "How can I help."

  • "I believe in you. You can and will get through this."

  • "I am thinking of you."

  • "Shall I come over and keep you company."

  • "You are stronger than your fears."

  • "You are enough and always will be."

Finally, remember what you may think won't help make someone feel better could make a world of difference. 

If you or someone you know needs some support we have a team of excellent counsellors waiting.


How do you comfort someone with social anxiety?

Here are some examples of how to comfort someone with anxiety.
Focus on their needs
Use distraction techniques
Be patient
Don't criticise
Encurage them to seek medical support

What is the 3 3 3 rule for anxiety?

Many people can find this mindful exercise grounding and help them to focus on the here and now. It includes:

Within your environment, identify 3 objects, then 3 sounds and finally, 3 moving body parts.

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