Having anxiety can cause major problems within relationships, and this is one huge reason to start anxiety management within your own life, right now. Here are some things that I definitely recommend and practice myself to help keep my panic attacks within my control.
Speak Up About Your Anxiety
When it comes to anxiety, it can really affect all forms of your relationships. Having the correct support from your loved ones is very important and will help you make a full recovery and will cure your anxiety. The most important thing to do is to tell your loved ones what you are going through. The longer you try and mask your feelings and continue to avoid talking about what you are going through, the more damage you could end up doing. Now, don’t worry about how long it has been of you avoiding the topic of panic attacks because it is reversible. For example; if you are suffering from social anxiety disorder, you will try and avoid must social situations for the fear of what might happen. If your partner does not understand this, it will cause further problems and stress in your relationship as you avoid situations that should be enjoyed by the two of you. This can in result in your otherwise perfectly happy relationship ending. There is no shame in admitting you have anxiety. It’s the 21st century with all the stresses and strains of life, so don’t give yourself a hard time about it.
Before you had anxiety, you may remember yourself being so confident and independent. Heck; you might have even thought nothing of jumping on a plane and traveling to the other end of the globe by yourself. I know I certainly didn’t; and now due to my own anxiety management, I have been traveling for 3 years by myself. However, when you felt your anxiety strike, you probably changed. Maybe you avoided going on holidays (I turned down a free trip to Jamaica for my Aunts wedding because of anxiety), you’d decline invites to social events and even worry every time you had to leave the house. You might be okay going out in public but must have a safety net just in case. For many people in today’s society, their anxiety lifeline is their phone or car… Just so they can get out if they feel like they have to. Often times, your home becomes your only safe place but the reality is that it will eventually turn into your very own prison and can even result in full-blown agoraphobia. So, it is important to nip this anxiety caused problem right away.
For Your Friend Suffering from Anxiety
Maybe you’re reading this to help a friend or loved one of yours that suffers from panic attacks. The most important thing you can do is listen, understand and be supportive. Forget that, “just pull your socks up and get over it” nonsense. That will only throw them further into the dark hole that their anxiety has created for them. Instead, help them with the lifestyle changes needed which will also support their recovery. Don’t force them to do anything they are not comfortable with, but definitely encourage them that they are okay and if they aren’t feeling well, you’re there for them.
A good support network is vital, and one of the best things I can encourage is to simply tell people you’re currently healing from anxiety and if you have to excuse yourself, that is why. 99% of the time, people will understand. You may be scared to tell friends and family as your feel that panic attacks are a weakness, but it is not and you can better your life with a positive attitude and love from your support system.
You may not always get the reaction you were hoping for, but that’s when you send them to my website and I will help them understand what panic attacks are and what they need to do for you.