“I feel like saying anything (in kindness) is better than saying nothing. Even when someone just checks in, it can make all the difference.” —Jake Gahr, Hallmark Writer
We can’t do it alone. It takes a community of friends, family and coworkers to live our best lives. Jake says struggling with anxiety and depression has given him greater empathy for others going through difficult times.
Here are tips to offer support—to foster strong relationships.
- Listen! Just lending an ear is truly enough. You don’t have to “fix” anything.
- Pick an unexpected moment to say hi. The surprise will mean so much and let them know you’re always there for them.
- Let them know you’re thinking of them. Include them in plans, even when you’re sure they’ll say no.
- If they’re feeling up for a visit, make something delicious and bring it over. Sharing food is a simple and comforting way to spend time together.
- When all else fails, HUGS!
For more ideas about supporting people you care about, read ways to make more time for relationships, and practical ways to be more caring.