Words can have a big impact on a person’s emotional state, especially when that person is dealing with mental health issues.
People say what they say to try to be helpful (for the most part), but often what comes out is a reflection of the person giving the advice–and not the one on the receiving end.
For example, loudly saying the word “RELAX” might be one person’s way of being helpful, but it most likely stems from that person’s own anxiety and not the anxiety of the worried recipient.
The end result is an anxiety explosion on both ends.
Other phrases / words that are meant to be helpful, but are not
- Snap out of it (Thanks you to one of my Twitter followers for these first 2)
- Be normal
- Calm down
- Just stop doing that
- It’s not the end of the world
- At least…blah blah blah
Can you think of other words and phrases that downright stink?
Today, be mindful of what kinds of words and phrases upset you.
Why do you think they make you feel the way they do?
It’s possible that you have used words that have upset others. Go easy on yourself. We all do it. The key is to become more aware of the words you use.
Select what you say with great intention. Always aim to say the most caring thing possible.