What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is an emotional state which may cause nervousness, fear, uneasiness… The list could go on. Many people often get confused between feeling anxious at some stages of their lives and having to deal with it on a daily basis. E.g going up on stage for a Talent Show may cause you to feel anxious but it’s not the same as the symptoms people suffering from anxiety may feel. Anxiety does not only interrupt your mental state but can also interrupt your physical state (This will be discussed in the upcoming article).
Tips on helping a friend suffering from anxiety:
- Borrow Anxiety related books from the school library. A variety of mental health related books has been added to our school library, which are there for you all as a source to access. Little efforts such as asking Ms Green to show you to some anxiety related books will enhance your knowledge and understanding on the topic of anxiety.
- Just Listen. Many misunderstandings are made when people think that advising one another is the way to go when it comes to helping a friend. Yes in some cases, advice is the right option, however, people suffering from anxiety often just want someone to listen to all their worries. Anxiety sufferers may start to feel less like a burden as they no longer are living with the knowledge someone else is trying to solve their problems for them constantly.
- Let them know you are always there for them. Random text messages saying that you are always there to listen to what they have to say can go a long way for your friend. By doing so they may now be able to recognise that their anxiety is not something to hide.
- Remind them to breathe. When a mental breakdown occurs, remind your friend to breathe in and out, as this will allow them to avoid hyperventilating and exhaustion. It may be worth researching breathing techniques as it may not only help your friend but also you when feeling anxious.
Remember to also put thought into your wellbeing and take time to recognise that sometimes you can't always give advice and sort out situations for other people. There are always other alternatives that may be more effective. Do also look out for the next article on symptoms of anxiety, which will be put up in two weeks time. If you would like to recommend any topics, then please do email me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head Girl Team