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Supporting An Anxious Friend

Supporting An Anxious Friend

  1. As we all have different ways of coping with anxiety, it is good to be clear about what your friend may want. Not everyone wants straightforward advice, some will feel better with just a chat where the pandemic or the politics behind it isn’t discussed.
  2. If our friend finds a good, empathetic listener in you, their anxiety levels will drop, and could also make you feel better as a bonus.
  3. It’s good to listen to yourself and what your mind and body needs. One does not have to dismiss their own anxiety in the process.

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A Walk In The Park

  • A stroll along the coast, a forest or a park is a great way to distress yourself for an hour, can be a great help in lowering the anxiety levels of you and your friend.
  • Try to listen more and also find comfortable silence in between, being in the moment and enjoying the surrounding...

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Don’t Fix The Problem

While there is a natural tendency to ‘fix’ whatever problem the friend shares with us, it is better to simply listen, and do not offer a solution right away, unless specifically asked for.

Also, do not try to have an anxiety competition, where you start to...

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Listen to them

3. Take an interest in the details of your friend’s life by being a good listener. Don’t watch television or text while your friend is sharing something with you. Most times people need more than good advice, they need someone to listen to them as they talk through their feelings...

Tips To Improve Your Listening Skills

  1. Be fully present. Avoid distractions and multitasking, focusing exclusively on the other person.
  2. Ask a question to better understand and help the conversation go deeper.
  3. Question more. Good questions make for great conversation. The more you listen, the m...

Empathy

Empathy

Empathy is the ability to feel and relate to another being. It's natural to experience this towards our friends, family, colleagues, and even strangers. When we empathize with someone, our good intentions often get lost in translation when we communicate.

Oftentimes,...

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