When you have a loved one who has anxiety, there are ways that you can support them in helpful ways. Here are a few things you could try.
"Is there anything I can help you today?”
“What you're going through sounds extremely tough. I am here to listen.”
“Let me know how I can help.”
“Let me know what you need.”
“ I'm proud of you for hanging in there and dealing with things that are so tough.”
When you find that they are getting help, you can say something like, “ I'm glad you're getting the support that you need.”
“I'm delighted that you're getting the support that you deserve.”
Things that are not helpful.
“Have you ever tried not to be anxious? “
“Just smoke weed, it’s legal now it’ll calm you down.”
“ Goat yoga or hot yoga will help you.”
“ Just don’t let people bother you so much.”
“ You have an anxiety disorder? It sounds like you just have some stress.”
“Everybody gets stressed. Why don't you just drink some coffee that should help.”
“Why are you worrying about that anyway?”
“Everybody has stress. Just deal with it.”
Sometimes unsolicited advice is more harmful than helpful. Sometimes, a friend just needs a shoulder or a listening ear, not a moving mouth.