Ways to support others during tough times by @the_depression_chronicles11
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Life is fragile. Hard times are inevitable. At one time or another we all go through a difficult time. In those times we need each other more than ever.
Ways to help someone:
Silence speaks louder than words misspoken. Don't ignore them.
Don't make them ask for help. Ask them first is there anything you can do to help them.
Don't rush them through their pain. Give them time. Healing happens differently from everyone. Don't put a timeline on their healing.
Don't give them magic formulas. THERE ISN'T ANY. Don't assign blame and guilt to the situation. One of the last things someone who is suffering needs to be shamed.
Listen with empathy and compassion
Avoid expressing judgment
Encourage them to find effective coping strategies
Don't give unwanted advice
Don't be annoying. One thing might work for you but it might not necessarily work for your loved one. Know your limits.
Look after yourself. This could mean taking a break when you need it.
Don't compare or undermine their experience
Remind them how much you love them daily.