Anxiety is something that affects a lot of people. It can be overwhelming and definitely sets us apart from others.
When it comes to loving someone with anxiety there are, of course, a few things you need to know. Supporting your partner is very important and in order to be able to do that you need to understand what it is he or she is going through.
In the list below you will find the most important things you need to expect when it comes to being with someone who has anxiety. Loving someone with anxiety is not a bad thing, they make wonderful partners. Enjoy!
1. They love for life
If they are with someone their bond grows quick and deep.
2. You need to know when to give them space
Sometimes people with anxiety need to take a moment to relax and calm down. Depending on the person, that may mean time away from everyone including you, and for others, they may want you to be the only one around, it just depends.
3. You WILL learn to appreciate the small things in life
People with anxiety really appreciate the small things when you are with someone who has anxiety you will learn to do the same. They will help you to reflect more on what you should be grateful for.
4. You will learn more about self-care
People with anxiety work hard to take care of their well-being and they will make sure you do the same.
5. You will learn that some problems cannot be solved
People with anxiety already know this but for others, it can be hard to swallow.
6. They are dependable and expect you to be as well
They do not do on and off relationships. They will expect you to be there for you in the same ways they will be there for you. They are not fans of drama and always seek to avoid it.
7. They prepare for everything
Don’t bother trying to make them more spontaneous. Everything has to be planned out. This makes the anxious person feel better about what is happening and works as a safety blanket and is necessary.
8. They some times have strange sleeping patterns
Sometimes they sleep far too much while other times they can’t sleep at all. It just depends on what is going on in their lives.
9. Know to give reassurance
People with anxiety need this more than anything else.
10. Learn to live with their strange management techniques
Yes, your partner may love coloring books and essential oils nothing wrong with that.
11. Learn to listen
Listening is one of the best things you can offer to your partner even if they do not have anxiety.
12. Learn how to deal with making decisions
When it comes to deciding things people with anxiety have a hard time they may narrow where to eat down to two places but from there you have to decide.
13. They are honest
People with anxiety are generally very honest and can sense when other people are holding things back. You need to be just as honest as they are to avoid stressing them more.
14. KNOW that you cannot fix anxiety
This is not something that needs to be fixed, it needs to be managed. There is no cure for anxiety and it will always be there in one form or another.
15. Know that they appreciate you for who you are
Know that the person with anxiety loves all of you even your flaws and they hope that you do the same when it comes to them.
16. Don’t bother offering advice unless asked for it
With anxiety, you can’t really offer much advice without knowing how it feels firsthand. If your partner asks for advice feel free to give it but otherwise just listen.
17. Learn deep breathing exercises
These come in handy when your partner is getting worked up, go over them with him or her and help them to calm down.
18. Don’t give up
Sure, sometimes all this will feel like too much but don’t give up. Once you learn the way that this relationship works best for the two of you, you will be happier than you have ever been.
While sometimes your partner’s anxiety will seem outlandish and strange, it is only one part of who they are and should not be thought of as something that defines them. For some insight on how anxiety feels check out the spoken word video below by Rachael Stevens. You can’t help who you fall in love with but you can learn to make things easier for the both of you.