Partners often find themselves in roles that they had not wished for such as a protector, compromiser or even as a comforter but dealing with a partner suffering from anxiety is probably one of the most difficult roles. You will have to take up extra responsibilities or avoid certain activities or places as they may trigger your partner’s anxiety This can lead to frustrations, disappointments and anger in the relationship.
This article outlines ways on how to support a partner suffering from anxiety
Research about anxiety
It is important to research as much as you can about anxiety including the different types as well as the recommended treatment. This will help you to fully understand what you partner is going through as well as the red flags to look out for.
Listen to them
Most people suffering from anxiety have so many thought running through their minds and most are the times they may not even know why they are anxious. Saying what is on their mind can be greatly helpful and listening to them will help make a difference. Sometimes they might ask for advice but most times they just need someone to listen and understand what they are going through.
Do not accommodate your partner’s anxiety
More often than not, partners end up accommodating their partner’s anxiety so as to either make life easier or to just play the part of a superhero. By so doing, it actually increases your partner’s anxiety. This is because it does not give them any incentive to make them want to overcome the anxiety. Also, it makes them believe that there is something to be feared which exacerbates the anxiety.
Your partner may continue asking you to accommodate their anxiety such as making you drive them everywhere or keep them company at home but this will only take a toll on you and make you forget to live your life. Instead, tell them in a loving way that you are going to do other things that need to be done.
Take care of yourself
Living with a partner suffering from anxiety causes a lot of tension in a relationship and having and taking care of yourself can help lessen the static. Engage in activities that will help promote your emotional, mental, spiritual and physical health. Also seek support from friends or attend support groups. You can also consider working with a therapist. Dealing with a partner suffering from anxiety requires a lot of patience. The above tips will help you get through rather smoothly.