It’s been almost a year since Zac was diagnosed with anxiety, and it is still hard a lot of the time. It causes him to have ADD like symptoms, angry outbursts, mood swings, chest pains, and that’s just a few of the symptoms he experiences. It’s so hard to help when you don’t know how or what to do.
I wanted to share a few tips that we have learned through our own research, tests, and things Zac’s doctors have told us. I hope that these tips can help someone you love who is dealing with anxiety.
- Every night before bed, my mom and Zac have what is called a ‘worry time’. During that time they talk about things that are worrying Zac and at the end they will say the best thing that happened during the day, so they end on a positive note. This allows Zac to express things that he’s feeling in a safe environment and my mom can help him cope with his feelings.
- Turn off electronics 1-2 hours before bed. Zac has been dealing with insomnia for about 8 months now and one of the things we learned from his doctor is that electronics use a blue wavelength that trick our minds into thinking it is daytime, preventing us from getting sleepy. If you absolutely cannot shut down your computer early, you can dim your light or even by blue light blocking sunglasses to use.
- Zac and my husband, who also deals with anxiety as well as depression, have found that taking a walk outside helps a lot when they are experiencing a panic attack or feel one coming on. It is also easier to get Zac to open up and talk more when we go for a walk.
- Keep your cool when they are having a meltdown. Yelling will make the ordeal 10 times more chaotic. Send them to their room or a quiet place where they can relax, and then talk to them when they have calmed down.
- Above all, you have to learn to be patient. Your child or loved one is experiencing life in a very different way then you are and they may react and act out of character. It is very hard to deal with for them and telling them to ‘suck it up’ or ‘get over it’ will absolutely not help.