What to do (and what to avoid) when helping a loved one with anxiety
“Walk a mile in their shoes” is a common adage urging people to put themselves in others’ positions. But this is far more easily said than done—especially if you’re dealing with someone who has an anxiety disorder. After all, there’s a neurological change happening in their brain that they can’t control. It’s impossible to know what that feels like unless you’re in that situation. Here is a list of things that can work when trying to help a loved one with anxiety and a few things that just aren’t helpful.