People who struggle with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are known to experience other challenges in their lives, including relationships. Marital stress, friendship challenges, and other issues with co-workers or loved ones can add stress to a person’s life when they are merely trying to cope with anxiety on a daily basis. While a person may worry about family, friends, and others, negative thoughts may make it hard to focus on what to do about GAD. Find some tips for how to cope in a positive way with GAD.

Common Challenges

Common challenges people face with generalized anxiety disorder can include some of the following:

  • Having few relationships
  • Difficulty attending to other people’s needs
  • Difficulty expressing feelings
  • Avoiding doing things with others out of fear
  • Trouble feeling joy and happiness
  • Impatience with others
  • Lacking in confidence
  • Irritability or critical of others
  • Overreacting to situations
  • Having a tendency to end relationships out of fear
  • Feeling clingy toward others
  • Feelings of insecurity which leads to fear and doubt about people’s intentions

Finding Hope

People who struggle with GAD are not alone in that many people struggle with this issue. It may be co-occurring with substance use disorder as well, which may complicate matters but it is certainly something which people can work through if they are willing to put time into it. A person with GAD may work through the relational challenges of the disorder by learning how to:

  • Practice mindfulness of living in the moment and releasing worries about past and future events
  • Take a mindfulness break before letting anxious thoughts take over
  • Allow space to be uncomfortable when a person knows anxiety is holding them back
  • Doing things with others that make them feel lighthearted and laugh
  • Let others share perspective and try to understand their point of view
  • Ask others around for support
  • Seek therapy or other professional help

GAD does not exist in a vacuum. In other words, it can manifest as a result of something else. When a person suffers from GAD, they often are over worried and overly anxious much of the time. That person may become intrusive on another person’s life because of their anxieties about that person or they may worry themselves into a stupor and are not able to function because they sit in a worried state filled with anxious thoughts and feelings. This can impact relationships and therapy can generally target better ways of engaging with others and themselves. There is also a way to support a person by suggesting they seek therapeutic intervention if it is affecting quality of life or if substance use issues are present.

A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. When anxiety or other issues are present along with substance use, it can impact the entire family and circle of friends. Our program teaches people how to live a sober life, provides therapeutic support, and offers help for family members to break the cycle of addiction. For more information sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.