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3 ways to show love when panic attacks or PTSD symptoms get in the way

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Relationships take work in the best of times. And when mental health issues are involved, it isn’t easy. But it’s worth the effort. Strong relationships have been shown to lower rates of anxiety and depression, and increase self-esteem.

Yet mental health can be a relationship challenge, too. For some people, PTSD symptoms make it hard to relax and be intimate. For others, fear of triggering a panic attack makes it hard to enjoy certain activities, like going out to a popular restaurant.

Leave the judgment behind. If crowded or dimly lit restaurants aren’t your thing, that’s OK. Here are 3 different ways to do something special together:

Cook a fancy meal

With the right recipe, you don’t need to be an expert chef to make a delicious meal. And working together can be fun. Depending on your experience, buying a meal kit, or doing some of the prep work ahead of time may help to keep the focus on enjoying each other’s company.

Watch a movie at home

Don’t love watching movies in the theater? New movies are often available to stream at home. Make some popcorn, cuddle up with a blanket, and enjoy that movie from the comfort of your couch. You control the lights and volume, and you can hit pause if you need a drink refill.

Make art together

Art isn’t just for kids. Doing something creative together can help you to connect in a new way. And it’s fun! For entry-level art, pick up some adult coloring books and colored pencils. Want to get even more expressive? Buy canvases, brushes, and paints at a craft store. If you need ideas, look for tutorials on YouTube.

If you or the person you love could benefit from treatment for panic attacks or PTSD symptoms, find out if Freespira is right for you.

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