If you have a friend who is currently going through a tough time, it can be difficult to know what to say or do to help and comfort them.
As a friend, you can help to make even the most trying times more bearable for that person who is struggling. In this article we share with you some great ways to show your love and support to your friend, and how you can help to put the smile back on their face!
Keep in touch
It sounds simple, but simply making contact with your friend will help. When someone is going through a hard time, it’s easy for them to feel alone. Call your friend regularly, email them, visit them and see how they are doing and if there is anything they need. This will help them to see that they are not alone, and that somebody truly cares.
Send them a card
It’s often the little things that really put a smile on somebody’s face. A card with a heartfelt, handwritten message will really show your friend how much you care. Even a simple “I’m thinking of you” is sure to brighten up their day a little.
Surprise your friend by doing something nice for them, like baking them a cake, or sending them flowers. It doesn’t have to be an expensive, grand gesture, even buying them their favourite chocolate bar will go a long way to showing your friend how much they mean to you.
Take them out
Your friend might not feeling like doing much when they’re feeling low, but try to gently encourage them to get out of the house and do something they enjoy. Help your friend by offering to take them out to watch a film, or even a simple stroll around the park in the fresh air can make all the difference.
Offer a helping hand
You may have already said to your friend “if there is anything I can do, let me know”, but often people still don’t feel comfortable asking for help, or sometimes when somebody is struggling to think straight, they just don’t know what needs to be done. Do practical things to help your friend, like look after their children, if they have them, do their food shopping for them, or help with their household chores.
Change the subject
Let your friend know you’re there if they want to talk about their problems, but it’s also important to take their mind off their troubles. If they want to talk, listen, but you also want to be someone who can cheer them up and add some much needed fun and excitement back into their life.
You will get through this
Your friend might not believe you when you say this, but it is important to remind them that this difficult time will pass and get easier. Look them in the eye and tell them “you will get through this” from the bottom of your heart.
Have you been there for a friend who needed you? Or perhaps you’ve been on the receiving end of support from an amazing friend? Let us know your tips for comforting a friend in crisis.