How to Be A Good Friend When Your Friend is Suffering
We all want to be the friend we can be to those in our lives. Having great friends in your life you can rely on is one of the best gifts you can have in your life. Knowing you have someone who has your back no matter what can be what helps you through a difficult time.
But what do you do when one of your friends is in a bad situation they are struggling with? It can be hard to know what to do for the best if you feel like you can't help them escape it or get back to a happy and healthier place. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep trying to help even if it seems like your words and advice are falling deaf ears. The fact you want to help is what makes you a good friend.
If you are struggling then read on for some advice on how to help those around you even if they don't think they need your help.
Having patience is key to helping guide someone through a dark time in their lives. There are chances your words may fall on deaf ears, however sticking with them can, in itself be more powerful than anything you can say.
Sometimes people need time to recognise that they need to change or leave a situation that isn't good for them. Maybe they are in a relationship that isn't working out for them and you want to help them leave for their own safety. Did you know there are spells to break up a couple for those that truly need it?
Whatever the reason for their difficulty, be patient with them because whilst it may feel like they aren't taking any action, they are taking comfort knowing that you are still there and are still trying to help them.
Your friend may just need a shoulder to cry on or an ear to moan into. Be that shoulder for them. Listen to their problems without judging and help them to find a way to change things if they need it. Or just provide some light relief to take their minds of it. Take their lead, if you want to be proactive and help them provide solutions and work things out, they will let you know.
There are many ways of providing support to your friends when they need it. Not all of it involves having to spend money or doing something physical. Simply by being there through it all can be enough for them to draw on to help them navigate this tricky time in their lives.
Show You Care.
Small gestures can say a lot when someone is having a hard time. From sending a simple text to check in with them to spending time providing comfort in person. Just simply letting them know you are thinking of them can be a huge boost to their emotional wellbeing at a time when they are suffering.
Send a card, buy a box of chocolates or simply just be you. Because honestly, simply being the friend they love is sometimes is enough.