People, it seems, will never stop stereotyping everyone. If you suffer from anxiety, people will have negative attitudes based on misleading facts about you.
Just because you are stressed, it does not mean you are weak. This perception has led many to a point of no return. And it starts by bottling up feelings and pretending to be fine to avoid looking "emotional."
But anxiety is real, and it should be treated with care and consideration. Here are a few tips to help you along.
1. Don't Judge
Know that anxious people are not looking for people to change them. So, accept their situations without judging and help where you can without conditions.
2. Don't Pretend
Stop acting strange around them. Be the person you normally are. If you start to act, they will also be forced to, and that won't benefit them. Make the anxious person comfortable around you by being yourself so they don't feel weird or "special".
Really make an effort to understand anxiety, its genesis, symptoms, interventions, and effects on those who experience it. Even if your intention is to help, learn what you should do to help so you don't end up causing more harm.
4. Keep It Under The Wraps
We all know what you are trying to do and why, but don't bring up these issues unless the person does. They can feel embarrassed and that wouldn't feel very considerate.
5. Don't Try To Change Them
You have an anxious friend, accept it, and stop trying to make them into something they are not. True, anxiety is not a good thing, but it can't be turned on and off at will.
Nobody chooses this psychological condition. So, avoid the veiled blame and accept the person as they are while helping in whatever way you can.
6. Be Active
Take them somewhere so they will feel engaged and involved. That will take their minds off the stressful things making them anxious. Besides, this intervention is really great at helping resolve anxiety.
7. Be There
If you know that someone with anxiety needs your help, be there to help. And while at it, be patient and considerate. Remember it's about them, not you. So, don't rush them into getting better or make them do things because you are willing to help. If all they want is to talk, then accept that and don't force any other "help" on them. That won't help things.
Nobody wishes anxiety on themselves. We all want to be composed and in control. And also, anxiety can hit anybody, even intelligent and highly successful people. So, don't judge, and as you help, be patient and full of compassion. This kind and tender concern goes a long way.