Life can be difficult at times, and nothing is more upsetting than seeing a friend or loved one suffer. Use one or more of these simple suggestions to lift someone’s spirits and brighten their day. You’ll feel good about yourself for making the effort, and the person you’re cheering will see how much you truly care.
It helps to have someone willing to listen when life becomes overwhelming. Sometimes all a person needs to do is vent. Allow the person you know to express themselves. This does not put you in a position to help them solve their problem. There are times when a solution can be found simply by talking to another person. It is your responsibility to listen and then let go.
Hug them –
It sounds so simple that it’s ridiculous. Hugging someone, on the other hand, is a great way to relieve stress and make someone else feel better. Hugging is a great stress reliever for both parties and comes in handy when words fail. Hugging causes the release of oxytocin, a natural stress reliever, in the brain, according to research. When words fail to convey loving care, a hug is the next best thing.
Volunteer together –
Volunteering, believe it or not, is a great stress reliever. Volunteering has been scientifically proven to improve sleep quality, provide new perspectives, and boost self-esteem. There are numerous opportunities to assist others. Tutoring, homeless shelters, and any favorite charity are all excellent places to begin. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of sharing the experience with someone who is in desperate need of assistance.
Do Some Gardening –
Working with plants and soil is both relaxing and stress-relieving. Collaborate and do some gardening, which has a variety of advantages. You will be helping the environment while also improving the appearance of your home. Physical activity has the added benefit of improving sleep quality. Leave your phone at home to disconnect from the outside world; unwanted calls can be distracting and stressful.
Don’t sympathize, empathize –
Feeling sorry for someone is no help. There was a time when you struggled and felt defeated. Use these feelings to put yourself in their shoes. You know how it feels and it feels very bad. Communicate your willingness to listen, while avoiding allowing the person to wallow in their mistake. In fact, your experience can help guide the other person back to being happy and productive.
Together we can. And we will.