How To Help Someone With Anxiety
How Can I help my friend with anxiety?
I have had a few people ask me what is the best way to help someone with anxiety this week. Maybe you know people who are stressed or anxious right now. Let's face it a pandemic can do that for you! And maybe those people do not want to turn to medication to manage it. You can help them.
This is something I have been saying a million times before and will say a million times again, but so many times people assume because it appears to be so simple it won't work for them.
Breathing for anxiety and stress is your first port of call.
Not just any old raggedy breathing but purposeful breathe and hold patterns regulate your nervous system. Your breath is part of your stress response. Deep breathing brings more airflow into your body and allows you to absorb the necessary carbon dioxide which is what calms the amygdala in your brain. This is why we use a paper bag if someone is having a panic attack.
How does breathing help anxiety
The stress and anxiety are using your sympathetic nervous system - the deep breathing processes activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This is your rest and relax response. Both cannot be turned on at the same time.
So if you are a human being breathing WILL work for you.
It's just a case of finding the breathing techniques that work best for you. Some feel more comfortable than others.
Know someone with anxiety?
So if you know someone who is struggling with stress and anxiety, and you want to help them, please forward them this post.
Here are some links below that will help activate that rest and relax parasympathetic nervous system and they are Free!
Breathing Techniques For Calm - An ultra-convenient, discreet printable of breathing techniques to keep in your bag or phone when you need it most
Mindful Relaxation - 10 minute mp3 to feel more like you again