Do you have a friend or loved one who suffers from fear, anxiety, or depression? Are you at a loss as to how to help them? It can be frustrating to watch someone you love struggle with mental health issues and not know how to help relieve their suffering. Here are five ways to show up for those who are in pain.
1. Learn as much as you can about managing anxiety and depression: There are many resources on learning how to successfully overcome fear and anxiety. Share this information with your loved one to help them understand how important it is to seek professional help when it comes to their mental health.
2. Be understanding and patient: Experiencing depression or anxiety can be difficult, so do not add to the pressure. Do not argue with the individual who may be having a difficult time with their anxieties. Instead, listen rather than judge how they’re handling things.
3. Talk to the person instead of talking at them: It is important not to lecture. Talk to the person about their issues without being rude. Most people will listen if you approach them in an empathetic manner. Remember to treat others the way you would want to be treated if you were the one who was struggling.
4. Ask for some ideas: Seek advice from a professional. A counselor can give you some ideas on how to overcome anxiety, fear, or depression. Enlisting the help of a therapist should be a priority in getting your loved one the help he or she needs.
5. Find out why the person may be resisting assistance: Many people who are struggling are fearful and frustrated. By finding out the reason or reasons for resisting help, you’ll be in a better position to overcome their resistance to seeking some guidance.