It can be incredibly hard when someone you love is struggling with their mental health. All you want to do is help them, but it can often feel like nothing you say or do is working, or is even making things worse.
Don’t be too hard on yourself – the fact you want to help at all won’t go unnoticed, and most people who suffer with anxiety or other mental health issues are aware that it can be tricky for their loved ones to understand and be able to help, after all; most of the time they don’t fully understand it or know exactly how to help themselves.
However, it can also feel super stressful and isolating to be going through something that the people around you don’t understand and can’t empathise with. Try to remember that anxiety can have no direct cause at all – anxiety can be the cause of many of their worries, rather than their worries causing the anxiety, which is something that is easily forgotten or confused.
So what are some dos and don’ts when it comes to helping someone with anxiety?