Oftentimes it can be difficult to recognize signs of anxiety, especially if you do not struggle with anxiety yourself. Although everyone is different, there are some common signs that you can look for. Here is a list of signs of anxiety:
- Breathing rapidly or hyperventilation
- Shaking or trembling
- Difficulty concentrating
- Biting or picking at their nails
- Seeming tense
- If someone becomes overwhelmed, they may snap at you because they are feeling a lot of emotions at once and are unable to control these emotions due to their anxiety
If someone is experiencing anxiety or having a panic attack and you aren’t sure how to help, try the 3-3-3 rule. This is where you have the person identify 3 things they see, 3 things they can hear, and have them move 3 parts of their body- such as their fingers, arms, feet, etc.