Everyone experiences anxiety, some more than others. One thing that’s for sure is that anxiety can leave you feeling scared and alone. It can be hard to turn to someone in confidence, especially if you’re not sure if they have experienced the anxiety you are experiencing right now. Chances are, those who mean the most to you will understand and help you navigate the tough times. Though the question remains, how can you tell those closest to you about your anxiety? The professionals at Latinx Talk Therapy have the advice and support you’re looking for.
Choose a Family Member or Friend You Trust The Most
In every family, everyone has someone they automatically run to when they’re having problems or unsettling thoughts. Even better, sometimes getting advice and emotional support from a family member can be the best medicine. Choose someone you trust or feel the most comfortable when it comes to talking about your anxiety. This person could also be a close friend of yours, with whom you disclose everything about your life. Ultimately, it’s up to you to find the best person you can confide in and be completely open with.
Be Straightforward When Bringing the Topic Up
There’s no easy way to discuss these complex matters, so don’t be afraid to just say it and speak with confidence. Struggling with anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of and if you’re choosing someone you trust, they’ll most likely understand where you’re coming from.
You can start by telling them when you first experienced your struggles with anxiety, how it has made you feel over time, and how it makes you feel as you speak with them. It is best to let them know exactly what you feel that way they can be aware of what’s troubling you.
Choose a Place Where You Can Talk in Private
In order to make the setting more comfortable for you, it would also be good to consider a place where you have privacy and the freedom to speak. Parks are relaxing as is, and everyone is doing their own thing in these areas. You could also invite a family over to your home if you have the free space and time to do so. You might also be able to have this discussion in your favorite place, wherever that might be! Whatever you’re most comfortable with is the priority in these settings.
If you’re not able to meet your family and loved ones in person, then a great alternative is to plan a video call. It may seem nerve-wracking at first, but we assure you that those close to you will be supportive and open, even if the conversation is taking place through video. In these instances, it’ll be best to find a quiet, private space where your roommates or significant other won’t bother you. Take the time to set up your environment so you feel as comfortable as possible.
Think About What You Want to Say and How You Want to Say It
A great way to deal with any anxiety—especially the anxiety that accompanies a serious talk—is by planning ahead of time what you want to say and how exactly you can get your point across. By planning ahead of time, it gives you the mental space to clearly state your thoughts and express yourself in the best way possible. Having a serious and heart-to-heart conversation does not come by very easily for everyone, but that is okay! As long as you try and allow yourself to think, all will work for the best.
Choose a Convenient Time for Both Parties
Everyone has a different schedule, so the minute you feel the need to talk to someone, inquire with them about their schedule and find a time that works best for the both of you.
Seeking support won’t be effective if you or your loved one are rushed or are on a time crunch. You should be able to talk with ease and not have to worry about the rest of your schedule. If this means having to do it in the evening, when you’re off from work or school, then go ahead and take the time!
Tell Them What Triggers Your Anxiety and the Methods of Treatment that Work Best
Lastly, when you do meet with your family member or friend, it’s important for you to be clear about what you feel, what triggers your anxiety, and the kind of support you need to help control your anxiety.
Don’t be afraid to say what you feel. Everyone experiences anxiety differently, so make it known that whatever triggers you is the core of the problem that you need help navigating with.
Call Latinx Talk Therapy to Get the Support You Deserve
Latinx Talk Therapy is devoted to your overall wellbeing and quality of life. We completely understand how it feels when you’re struggling with these kinds of issues, but thankfully, there is always a way to handle them. Ponte en Contacto our office today to learn more about the services we offer and how our therapists can help you reach your wellness goals.