Relationships can be tricky to navigate in general. Add an anxiety disorder into the mix, and trying to keep a relationship healthy can become exhausting. Luckily, there are ways to cope with and support a partner dealing with anxiety.
Here are a few tips for keeping a relationship with an anxious partner healthy.
Don’t avoid the topic of anxiety — be willing to communicate about it.
It can be easy to let anxiety become the elephant in the room. Anxiety can be a difficult topic to address in a relationship. However, avoiding the subject doesn’t do anything except end up hurting both partners.
As long as both partners feel comfortable discussing anxiety, be willing to communicate about it. Check in every once in a while to see how your partner is feeling. Ask them how they would like you to support them when they’re especially anxious.
Listen to your partner.
Nobody knows the battle of anxiety more than the person experiencing it. Spending time reassuring your partner that they can feel safe opening up about their experiences goes a long way.
The key to this is empathy and understanding. Don’t get defensive or talk over your partner when they’re opening up to you.
Never blame your partner for their experience with anxiety. Nobody chooses to have anxiety.
Spend time supporting yourself and practicing self-care.
It can take a toll on both partners when one is dealing with a mental health disorder like anxiety. Sometimes, people choose to put their own well-being aside to support someone else. However, this leads to both partners being overwhelmed and exhausted.
Make it a priority to support yourself and take care of yourself. Here are a few self-care ideas:
Consider talking to a therapist, whether for individual counseling or couples counseling
Spend time in nature. This can mean walking, hiking, biking or anything that you enjoy.
Take some time for yourself.
Spend time doing hobbies you enjoy
Spend time with close friends
Life is complicated and messy. When it comes to mental health, we believe there’s no one-size-fits all. At Halcyon Therapy Group, we understand just how important you and your unique situation and perspectives are. That’s why we offer a suite of services tailored specifically to you and your needs. You deserve better, and we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation today and start living the life you’ve always dreamed of.