7 Things You Should Never Say To Someone Who Is Anxious About The Future

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If you've ever felt the unending worry of an approaching deadline, or waiting for potentially bad news, then you know the feeling of anticipatory anxiety and just how bad it can be. And when you're agonizing over that moment, and waiting for it to be over, there are a slew of things you don't want to hear because you know it'll make matters worse.

"Anticipatory anxiety is when someone experiences a high level of anxiety when they think about a future situation," psychotherapist Maureen Werrbach, LCPC tells Bustle. Stress triggered by a flight-or-flight response will occur in situations where we are in danger, but "anticipatory anxiety comes up when we are in no real danger, when we think about something that may or may not happen in the future," says Werrbach.

As a certified health coach, I work with people on reducing anxiety, so that they feel more at ease and less stressed in the day. Overall, people who have fewer stresses are more likely to have a better sense of wellbeing than those who are struggling with concerns. When you're unsure of how to handle a situation, it can be challenging to navigate, and it's common to feel at a loss at times especially when the outcome is high stakes and unknown. That being said, if you know someone having anxiety over a particular event, there are a few key ways to show your support in helping them through that event. Experts say to stay away from these eight things when talking with someone experiencing anticipatory anxiety.