Fear is a natural feeling, so when a friend is starting to feel afraid, do your best to help them. Ask them what has them feeling so scared so you can start trying to help them feel better. Depending on what the person is afraid of will determine how easy it will be to calm them. If it is a simple fear, calm them down and let them know that what they are afraid of won’t hurt them. If they had just gone through something traumatic, let them know that you are there to help them so that they can feel comforted and slowly stop being afraid.

Phrases rating for situation when someone is afraid. Copy and Paste!

I might not understand what you’re going through, but I’m always here for you to talk to me if you need to

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You’re not alone

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I’m always here if you need to talk

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What can I do to help right now?

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I’m here

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Do you want me to come over?

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I love you, no matter what

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You’re allowed to feel anxious, even if you don’t know why

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I’m listening

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I’ll stay with you for as long as you need me

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Let me know if there’s something specific I can do

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I love you and I am always here for you, no matter what’s going on

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It’s okay that you feel this way

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Your feelings are valid

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Are you looking for advice or would you rather I just listen?

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Would it help if I just sat here with you?

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Your worries are not silly

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You’re loved

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Let me know if you just want me to be with you, even if I can’t do anything specifically helpful

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Let's sort through this together

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You can always talk to me

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There's a cup of tea waiting for you at home

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Are you OK?

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Take your time

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Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday

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Everyone gets stressed sometimes—that's ok

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Let’s go somewhere quiet

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You don’t need to explain yourself to anyone, including me

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Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength

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How can I help?

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I know you can't control it

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Worrying is like praying for what you don’t want

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Why worry if you have done the very best you can. Worrying won’t make it any better

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Focus on the positives and soon the negatives will disappear

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This feeling will pass

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Worrying is literally betting against yourself

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Worrying will never change the outcome

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Don’t worry just care and be prepared

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Be a warrior, not a worrier

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There’s no reason to panic

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99% of the things you worry about will never happe.

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Just stop worrying and you’ll feel so much better

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