wall [part four]

My fingers got tired from typing too much too fast. Just in case you’re wondering (I don’t think you’d care), I’m doing a Bridget Jones’ marathon on telly while writing this. Bridget just makes everything better, doesn’t she? ๐ŸŽ€

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Dealing with anxiety is an uphill battle, and it does take a toll on others around them. Anxiety can strain relationships, and may even cause significant stress on a loved one. Some people find that they actually start developing anxieties of their own.

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  • DON’Tย expect massive, immediate turnarounds. Unfortunately, controlling anxiety does take time. Those that try to cure to too fast often find they have setbacks that are sometimes worse than the initial anxiety (*cough* been there too ๐Ÿ™Š). It’s important for everyone to understand that managing anxiety can take a lot of time, and even on the way there, there are going to be issues that come up and fears that they’re going to have. It’s natural. And, believe me when I say that no one is more disappointedย for the setbacks from anxiety more than the people who suffer them.

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  • DOย exciting activities. Try to be outdoors.ย Stay active. Exercise itself is a known remedy for anxiety, and creating new memories can help people cope with some of the stresses of life. So try your best to get out and do things together.

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  • DOย be proud of them when they improve. Positive reinforcement really works guysss!! *gasp* Hahaha. They’ll be able to see it on your face. Remember that anxiety changes thought patterns and can make people think and feel much more negative, which unfortunately means that many of them are going to interpret your facial expressions negatively, assuming you’re annoyed with them or ashamed of them. Thus, making sure to highlight your positive emotions and your pride – and actually being happy when you see recovery while avoiding feeling frustrated during setbacks – can be very valuable.

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  • DON’Tย give up hope. You don’t need to change who you are, and the person with anxiety doesn’t want you to change either (in all seriousness). You are close for a reason. Be yourself. ๐Ÿ˜Š We already like you for who you are. The fact that you’re looking for what you can do to help the person with anxiety proves that you’re a good influence in their life. Be positive, have fun, and be the person that your friends or family membersย love.

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Art from Pinterest.

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Be a supportive friend is an extremely effective way to treat your own anxiety. Learnย from theย tips to better understand how to help that person you care about and you may provide he/her the best opportunity to overcome their anxiety and grow closer to you as a result. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I use an article from calmclinic.com for the tips and tricks and tweaked it to my own experience. Hope you enjoy the installments!

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