People needing support often simply need someone to listen. Focus on hearing what they have to say, mirror back their emotions and respond without offering advice or judgments.
Suggest an activity that will distract them from their worries, such as dining together or playing a phone/video chat game.
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1. Tell them you care
When someone is feeling down, they need to know you care. This could include simple words such as, “I’m thinking about you”, or even text messaging them and showing your kindness through actions such as running errands for them or just listening – whatever works!
Remember to respect their wishes if they do want to talk, however if they do wish to, asking open-ended questions such as, “How are you feeling?” and “What steps will you be taking next” could help facilitate conversation.
Make someone happy by giving them something to laugh about – sending a funny meme or video or telling a humorous joke is surefire way of brightening their day, while sending silly selfies reminding them of happier times can bring back fond memories too!
Try telling them a positive thought for every negative one they express; this will help them see that catastrophizing only makes matters worse.
Your partner might also benefit from physical reminders of happier times – you could give them a photo from one of your dates, or purchase them a special present to bring back fond memories. If they need an escape from reality, take them somewhere fun you both enjoy, such as an outing. This may help take their mind off their current difficulties and provide therapeutic relief.
2. Give them a hug
When someone you care for is feeling down, a hug can be one of the best ways you can support them and show that you understand how they are feeling. Additionally, giving a hug allows them to express some of their anger or sadness while also feeling less alone; helping them move past it more easily and begin feeling happier again.
One way to bring some much-needed cheer is through giving a compliment, either through text messaging or sending physical cards. Showing someone you appreciate them shows they know you care while giving them courage to face any difficulties head-on.
As another way of offering comfort, take someone out for something new – be it hiking, visiting an art museum or anything else that can break them out of their routine and get their mind off what may be bothering them. Make the activity fun for both of you so it will help take their mind off their worries for awhile.
If you can’t be with them directly, try sending some cute quotes or amusing memes through text or social media messages; even sending throwback photos of themselves to remind them how much you care can make a big difference! If they know you well enough, try telling a joke about their situation – humor can help people cope better when faced with tough circumstances!
3. Make them laugh
If your friend has a great sense of humor, a few lighthearted jokes can do wonders to brighten their day. Feel free to share these jokes via text messaging, letters or face-to-face conversation; just be mindful and respectful of their feelings so as not to cause offense.
Telling an amusing tale or remembering an enjoyable memory is another effective way to help bring someone around and show that you care. They’ll remember all of the good times spent together as well.
If you don’t have any funny stories to share, make a joke or tell a joke – even something simple like telling one will help break the ice! For something quick and easy you could look up some humorous memes online or send one with a “Thinking of you!” note attached.
Make your friend laugh by imitating someone they like or idolizing them; this strategy works especially well if you can impersonate a specific friend or celebrity well. Also ask what their favorite jokes are before telling one yourself!
If your friend is struggling, consider being their butler for the day and giving them some much-needed respite from life’s stresses. This gesture could especially come in handy if they have medical conditions or recently experienced loss in their family.
4. Ask them how they are feeling
Asking how someone is feeling is an excellent way to show you care, as well as help determine what assistance may be required for their wellbeing.
If your friend is feeling down because their boyfriend or girlfriend dumped them, try saying something like, “I’m so sorry to hear that. That must be so difficult.” Plus give them a hug and tell them how much you care.
Remind them of happy memories from the past. This can help them realize that they will eventually get through these tough times, whether by sending a picture of you two together or sharing an amusing anecdote about their relationship.
If you don’t feel confident asking about someone’s feelings directly, try reading the room. For instance, if they appear to be experiencing a crying fit at that particular time may not be an appropriate time to inquire how they’re feeling; but if their emotions seem to be returning under control again you could initiate a discussion regarding what could be bothering them.
An effective way to brighten up a friend is sending them a meme or video clip that makes them laugh, which will take their mind off what may be bothering them while showing that you care. Social media sites such as Tiktok and YouTube often feature these things; you could also put on a comedy movie or visit an amusement park as another great way of lifting their spirits.
5. Give them a gift
If your friend is going through difficulties and you want to help, give them something that will lift their spirits. No need for something lavish; something small but meaningful like their favorite stuffed animal or book can bring much-needed cheer.
Send them a funny meme or video clip that will make them smile; this can take their mind off whatever’s bothering them while showing your care and showing you support them. Additionally, sending physical photos together could remind them of good memories while making them smile!
Buy them some nice sneakers; they will add flair and boost their confidence! Additionally, invest in a pill case so they won’t forget their medicines; this could save them from going back into hospital due to missing their dosages.
Finally, you could treat them to an exceptional book they’ll adore, such as one featuring images from Star Wars or coloring-in pages with them in mind. This will bring comfort while encouraging creativity.
Remember, no one can force someone to feel happy. If they are grieving a loss, listen without interruption and empathize with their feelings. Offer advice if asked, but avoid interrupting with side comments that could further hurt their emotions.