Listen and empathize
You don’t have to be an effort to practice this skill. Simply ask how they are feeling and listening non judgmentally can make a big difference.
Ask how you an help
Your friend of family member may already know how you can support them.
Tell them to call you
When someone knows that you are available for them can be reassuring for someone who is trying to control anxiety and make them feel less lost and alone.
People with anxiety can seem irritable, but remember it’s not under their control. Listen, let them know you understand, and assure them you’re not about to end the friendship.
Encourage them to seek help
If their anxiety is becoming a problem, you should reassure them about seeking help. This could be through their doctor or a support group. You could ask if they would like you to help book or attend an appointment with them, or you could research sources of support together.