How do I help my wife manage anxiety?
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Experiencing anxiousness every once in a while is normal. However, frequent or near-constant anxiousness can be due to an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders can make it hard to carry out everyday tasks, like grocery shopping or going to work. Anxiety can be difficult to manage on one’s own, but it is treatable. 

It’s estimated that nearly 31% of people in the U.S. may deal with an anxiety disorder at some point during their lifetimes. Anxiety disorders are several times more likely to affect those who identify as women than they are likely to affect men. 

If you are looking to help your wife who is experiencing anxiety, there are a few different things you can do for them. Each of these methods isn’t guaranteed to work but may help ease their anxiety or, at the very least, remind them that you’ll be there with them through it. Take a look at some of the ideas listed below on how you can help your wife manage anxiety.

What are some ways you can help your wife manage anxiety?

  • Actively listen — One way that you may be able to help your wife manage their anxiety is by offering to listen if they want to talk about what may be contributing to their anxiety. Sometimes being there to actively listen can be helpful for those with anxiety disorders. 
  • Suggest you get regular exercise together — Exercise can be a great way to moderate high levels of stress and anxiety. You may be able to help your wife manage their anxiety by suggesting that you go on regular walks together, to promote endorphins and lower cortisol levels. 
  • Encourage them to seek professional treatment — One potentially beneficial thing you can do to help your wife manage anxiety is by encouraging professional treatment. Seeking help from a mental health professional, especially early on, can help a person manage their anxiety disorder and avoid having it take control over their life. In many cases, receiving regular treatment during therapy can help a person gain back feelings of control and improve their quality of life.

What are some treatment options for those with anxiety?

  • Regular exercise — Getting regular exercise can help moderate anxiety levels for many people. Working out every day can help release the chemicals in the brain, like endorphins, that promote good feelings. It also reduces chemicals in the body that keep one feeling anxious, like cortisol. 
  • Therapy — Therapy can be a great treatment option for all different kinds of people, and especially those dealing with an anxiety disorder. Regular therapy sessions led by a mental health professional could effectively help your wife to manage anxiety. Particularly, therapy sessions that use a process-based approach, can help your wife learn how to manage anxiety through the development of long-term goals and outcomes. If your wife has an anxiety-related panic disorder, therapy can also help with that. 
  • Vitamin supplements — Vitamin or nutritional deficiencies can sometimes make anxiety worse. Some people find that taking supplemental vitamins can help boost their mood and decrease anxiety levels. 
  • Medication — Medication may be an option for those who struggle with anxiety. Some people prefer not to use medication, while it proves most effective for others. Whether or not your wife should take medication to help manage anxiety is a decision that should be made between them and a qualified mental health professional.

Lightfully wants to help your wife manage anxiety

Our Lightfully team mission is to work with individuals to change their life compassionately. We strive to provide high-quality mental health care to various types of clients through a focused approach to process-based therapy. The framework of our clinic consists of evidence-based, clearly defined, data-driven and whole-person-centered care. Lightfully offers various layers of service to both adults and teens through our residential, virtual, partial hospitalization (also called our Day Treatment programs), and intensive outpatient programs. We regularly see clients who actively manage mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders and trauma disorders. If your wife is someone who struggles with anxiety, we believe that we can make a difference.

Our licensed, clinical experts see each client as a complex and layered human – not just a diagnosis. We value our clients as they are and hope to enrich their lives through treatment. Our vision for the future is an authentic and loving community where everyone can be seen, heard, and valued as they are. We believe in the light within each individual, and when that light is properly nurtured it can allow a person to shine brighter than ever before.

Change is possible. When you’re ready to take the first step, reach out to our Admissions Concierge Team. We’ll take the next steps together, toward the fullest, brightest version of you.

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