There is so much going on in the world right now...
Covid, accidents, illnesses, natural disasters, etc. that it's a reminder that more and more people are facing sudden hardship, and in some cases, anticipated or long term hardship.
With the differing events and circumstances swirling around, it is natural that many are having a hard time, and often, we want to cheer others up or get them to look on the bright side of life.
However, in this Option B article, it states that the simple act of reaching out and listening, can help.
Here's a few of the suggestions:
Start a dialogue about what your loved one is experiencing.
Reach out - even if you are nervous. This helps others to feel less isolated.
Let them set the time, place and tone. This is their journey.
Ask questions, and follow-up questions (open ended questions are best).
Listen without trying to fix the problem, and instead acknowledge what they're going through.
Help them to identify their coping strategies which help them to rediscover that they are capable.
Continue to keep checking in, while encouraging them to continue to share what they are feeling without any judgement.
One of the hardest things to do for others is to be there for them in a nonjudgmental way and with compassion.