2. Don’t say “You’ve got nothing to worry about”
“It’s not a big deal.” “It’s going to be okay.” “Trust me, you’ll look back on this and think it was silly to worry about.” “Don’t worry! Your problem isn’t so bad.”
None of these versions of “You’ve got nothing to worry about” is helpful. Right now, the anxious person does think their problem is a big deal, and it does truly feel bad. Besides, how do you know everything’s going to be okay?
Instead of dismissing how upsetting and worrying the situation is, show empathy.