Helping Loved Ones Cope With Anxiety by sethtj1

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									Helping Loved Ones Cope with Anxiety
Perhaps you or a loved one is a veteran of the United States Army. If you are, then you know what
you’ve been through in order to help protect our country’s freedom.

Most citizens are very appreciate and grateful towards veterans who have fought to protect their
freedom. But what many citizens do not realize is that sometimes this protection comes with quite a
cost.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Many soldiers who come back from fighting show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and
anxiety. They may not show it on the outside, but they are certainly suffering on the inside.

                                           You will probably not be able to tell which veterans are
                                           suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder related anxiety
                                           and which ones aren’t. A certain veteran may have just
                                           secured their first VA loan, and it may appear that they are
                                           doing quite well.

                                           However, the VA loan they just got may just be an attempt to
                                           cover up the anxiety that they feel. Indeed, this is a serious
                                           problem among veterans in our country today.

                                            If someone you know and love is suffering from post-
traumatic stress disorder related anxiety, there are things you can do to help them. First, you should try
to get them to seek help from a licensed counselor or therapist.

A therapist who is trained to help people work through their anxiety will probably be their best resource
in working through and finding healthy ways to live with their anxiety. When people are hesitant to seek
help, this is when things can get very serious.

Coping Techniques
There are other things that you can help your loved one to realize as well. Certain
techniques have been proven to help reduce anxiety among people who are
suffering.

Deep breathing is one of the most evidence-supported tactics for combating
anxiety. It may sound funny, but deep breathing can really help to calm people
down who are feeling anxious.

Deep breathing starts with breathing from the diaphragm. Your belly should
expand when you breathe deeply in, and fall when you exhale.
Having enough social support is also a great way to deal with anxiety. If your loved one is currently
suffering, make sure that you are there for him or her.

Let them know that they are free to talk openly about their struggles and that you are willing to listen.
There is nothing worse than going through anxiety or depression and feeling like you are all alone and
you have no one to talk to.

Therefore, being there for the suffering person is essential on their road to recovery and management
of their anxiety. If the person you love who is suffering needs help securing a VA loan, make sure to help
them.

Many ordinary and everyday things can seem very complicated and overwhelming to a person who is
dealing with difficult anxiety, and so it is important that they have people to help them deal with the
stresses of everyday life. Make sure you read all you can about anxiety and talk to your loved one who is
suffering.

It will make all the difference in the world and will hopefully help them on their path to true recovery.

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