“While it can seem supportive to say things along the lines of ‘oh, don’t worry, it’ll be OK,” these reassurances can feel like papering over the cracks and ultimately lead to your loved one keeping their worries to themselves – which is the opposite of what we know helps to ease anxiety,” she says.
Instead, Dr Arroll recommends, try to use language which is supportive and encouraging. “Comments such as ‘I’m here for you and we can work on this together’ are much more helpful,” she adds.
In terms of what you can do to help relieve or reduce some of their anxiety, Dr Arroll suggests looking into an effective bedtime routine. It’s well-known that an effective bedtime routine can help you to switch off, unwind and create a buffer zone between day and night, so crafting one which works for both of you could be an effective anxiety-reducing tool.