In this article, we will share four practical tips on how to help someone who has anxiety, especially considering the current scenario that is so full of uncertainties, aggravated by new measures established to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, such as social distancing.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the pandemic is causing psychological pressure and stress, which can result in serious problems for the mental health of the population and aggravate existing ones. That is why this subject deserves our attention and permanent care, since anxiety can lead to a series of complications and to depression.
First of all, anxiety is not a disease. It is a natural reaction of the body that helps human beings deal with situations of fear, doubt, and danger, for example.
Anxiety disorder occurs when a person has too many concerns and is constantly thinking about what the future might have in store. There are various levels of that disorder and they need to be diagnosed and duly treated by specialists.
Some of the symptoms of anxiety disorder are:
— exaggerated worries, tension, or fears (the person cannot relax);
— a constant feeling that something very bad is going to happen;
— extreme fear of a particular object or situation;
— a lack of control over thoughts;
— terror following a particularly difficult situation.
There are also physical signs, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, chills, sweating, and a dry mouth.
How to help someone with anxiety
Here are our four tips for making you stronger or so you can help someone who is having anxiety attacks:
1. Prepare yourself spiritually before offering help
In addition to seeking medical information about the symptoms and how to deal with the situation, it is essential that you prepare yourself spiritually. To do so, you should resort to sincere prayer, a powerful tool that is accessible to everyone!
The President-Preacher of the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, José de Paiva Netto, explains in his article New Year and Self-esteem:
“Our fortitude comes from within. Therefore, prayer is an essential factor for strengthening us. It is not the hiding place of cowards. Praying makes us stronger!”
This is why prayer “is not the hiding place of cowards,” but a powerful way to strengthen the heart, mind, and Spirit for life’s battles.
Invite the person who is suffering from anxiety to join you in these prayers or encourage them to adopt this habit for themselves.
You will often need to calm down the person first with tip 2 on this list and then get them to try these important moments of silence of the Soul. Playing soothing music in the room can help the person concentrate on praying.
Here is a playlist that can help you create that ambience of peace:
Here are some prayers we have chosen for you:
2. Learn how to listen with Love
It may seem very simple or obvious, but this is a major activity of Spiritual Charity.
People with anxiety have racing thoughts and one of the most effective ways of calming them down is to listen, without judging them or playing down their suffering. They need to feel heard!
Convey serenity with your eyes and comments. Show concern for their well-being. Make them feel safe and confident that things are going to work out in due course. And make it clear that you are willing to help whenever needed.
It is very important that you encourage them to ask for help, either from you, a family member, or from someone they trust. And they must seek the necessary medical treatment.
3. Help organize their routine
One of the things that most affect those with acute anxiety is knowing how to distribute their tasks throughout a healthy and regular routine, without any overlapping and without becoming completely paralyzed because they don’t know where to start.
So, one of the ways you can help someone with anxiety is by helping them organize what they have to do.
This will give them more emotional control, because when the person sees the steps being taken little by little, they will feel more competent and happy with the progress they have made.
Another important point is knowing that we are Eternal Spirits and that each of us has a huge capacity for renewal, learning, recovery, improvement, and conquests through good deeds, when we act with Love, Justice, and Kindness.
In fact, more than 2000 years ago, Jesus taught lessons that are precious when it comes to this search for COMPLETE self-control and self-knowledge.
One of these lessons is in this excerpt from His Holy Gospel according to Matthew 6:34:
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
When you think deeply about these words from the Divine Shepherd, you realize that He is not encouraging us to be careless about tomorrow, quite the contrary. He is showing us that we need to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves in order to live well today and thus plant the best seed for tomorrow.
You can also set aside time in your routine to engage in content that will be good for your Soul, especially in these times of pandemic and social distancing.
4. Share content about Peace and spiritual growth
We are constantly seeing sad and alarming news on TV, radio, and the Internet that keep us awake at night and make us worry too much about the well-being of those we love and the future of our planet.
We know that being informed is important, but for those who have anxiety attacks it is not beneficial to be constantly immersed in such matters.
So look for content that brings about Peace and spiritual growth and share that with the person. One way of doing this is by visiting our web portal, the Good Will channel on YouTube, and/or Paiva Netto’s blog.
You can also download the new e-book “How to Overcome Suffering,” by Paiva Netto, right now for free! We are sure it will be good for the Souls of those who need help.
We hope this article has been good for you and provided you with valuable tips on how to help someone with anxiety.
It is worth mentioning again that you need to advise the person that they should seek medical help so they receive the correct diagnosis and the most appropriate treatment for their case.
If you have any question and/or comment about this and other topics, send them to the Religion of the Third Millennium. Let the Ecumenical Spirituality become a part of your life! And if you felt good reading this article, share it! It might touch the heart of other people too.