Listening Ears

Sharing – Lean on Your Support System When You’re Anxious

I would agree that this has been my experience too.

Anxiety can be a lonely place, so I often feel isolated in my experience and that others may not understand. However, I find that talking to someone else can affirm that I am not alone in those feelings.

When I’m riddled with anxiety, it will simply cycle around in my mind, getting worse, and worse, with each pass. Actually talking about it gets me out of that cycle. Yes, I feel less alone, but also the act of trying to explain it to someone else, forces me to put the anxiety into words, and when I do that, there’s no room for it to keep escalating.

It’s grounding. It doesn’t solve the thing I’m anxious about, but it stops the cycling, and allows me to focus on the reality of the situation, which is usually not nearly as bad as I’ve made it out to be.

But, it also assumes that I have someone to talk to about it. This is really the challenge for far too many people, who don’t have anyone to talk to.

Can you be the person who just listens? I’m willing to bet someone in your life could really use that.

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