How To Help A Friend Through A Tough Time

How To Help A Friend Through A Tough Time

We all know that asking for help when we need it can be challenging, which is why we always need to keep a close eye out for our friends. For example, a recent report found that “3 in 4 people don’t ask for help until they absolutely need it.” With that in mind, here are just some of the ways in which you can support a friend who is going through a hard time.

Let them know you’re there to listen.

Sometimes, your friend will not want you to come forward with a solution to their problem. Instead, they’ll simply want to know that you are there to listen should they feel like venting or expressing themselves. As such, you should make this clear to them right away – whether this be through a phone call or a quick text message. 

Find small ways to show them you care.

If your friend has opened up to you about how they are feeling, then finding small ways to show them that you care about them (and their happiness) can also go a long way when it comes to making them feel more like themselves again. For example, if they are dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, you could Write Love Box Letters for them. 

Spend quality time together.

If your friend is struggling, it’s unlikely that they will want to attend an extravagant get-together, but that does not mean they have to isolate themselves. For example, if you’ve noticed that they’ve canceled group plans, reach out and ask if they’d like to spend time one-on-one. You could go for a walk, watch old movies, or simply just sit quietly together – whatever they need. You could even offer to help them with work or basic tasks around the home, such as cooking or cleaning.  As isolation is one of the things that can block your path to wellness, it’s crucial that you encourage them to spend time with others. This, in turn, also means that they’re more likely to reach out to you again when they are in need of help or support.

Help them find relevant resources. 

Helping your friend find resources they can rely on during this time can also prove to be useful. For example, if they are dealing with the death of a loved one, you may want to signpost them towards grief counseling services, such as support groups. Not only does this ensure that your friend gets the support they deserve, but it also takes some of the pressure off your shoulders, too. After all, when there are complex emotions at play, it can be hard to know how to help your friend without having any specific training yourself. For example, you cannot offer the same kind of emotional and psychological support as a therapist could, no matter how good your intentions are. Remind them that there’s no shame in seeking professional help if they need it, especially when it comes to caring for their mental health. 

Len Parent

“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.” —Alicia Keys

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