How To Help Someone Going Through An Anxiety Attack
Help Your Loved Ones Through Anxiety Attack!
Have you ever had someone you love experience an anxiety attack? A lot of people want to know how to help if their loved ones are going through one. Before knowing how to support someone during an anxiety attack, we need to know what an anxiety attack is. Anxiety attacks are usually confused with panic attacks; however, they both do share some symptoms.
Anxiety attacks consist of worry, distress, restlessness, fear, an increased heart-rate, chest pain, a shortness of breath, tightness in the throat or feeling of choking, dry mouth, sweating, hot flashes or chills, shaking, numbness or tingling, nausea or upset stomach, headache, feeling of fainting or dizziness. It is likely that these symptoms differ from person to person, depending on whether they have mild, moderate, or severe anxiety. Anxiety is typically related to something that is perceived as threatening or worrying by the person experiencing it.
How To Help:
1) Understand them – The first step to helping someone having an anxiety attack is trying to understand them. Even if you do not understand fully what they are going through, it’s okay. Trying to understand it may be sufficient.
2) Calmness – Try to remain calm by talking in a calm tone and make sure that your voice is not high pitched. You can also remain calm through your body language. It helps when the person sitting with the affected person is calm. Water calms down fire.
3) Tell them to take deep breaths – Taking deep breaths can help with anxiety and make the heart rate return to its normal pace. Remind them to breathe in slowly through their noses, hold it in for three seconds, and then breathe out through their mouths.
4) Don’t judge – Sit with them non-judgmentally. Do not invalidate their feelings. Make them realize that their anxiety and fears are valid and pass on the non-judgmental vibe. Accept them fully.
5) Do not rush them – Do not rush them into doing things that ‘you’ think would help. Sometimes people do not need the kind g help we think they need. Sit with them and let them recover at their own pace. You can also ask them what they need and provide that for them.
6) Give them a sense of safety – Remind them that they are safe and make them aware that they may be having an anxiety attack. Let them know that it will pass.
7) Listen – Listen to what they have to share during that time. Do not listen to be able to reply to them after they are done. Listen to be able to understand how they may be feeling.