Ways to Support Struggling Loved Ones

Due to the state of our world, there is an increased number of people struggling with their mental health. Especially after the pandemic struck, many of us are attempting to cope with negative emotions. It is essential that we humans begin prioritizing the importance of maintaining a balanced mental state.

You may not realize it but several people around you may be struggling with their mental health. When a loved one confides to you about their emotions, it’s useful to know how to help support them. There are a variety of ways you can support your loved ones when they are not mentally well.

Here are some ways you can help:

  1. Empathize

Empathy is one of the best emotional support strategies you can offer when comforting someone. This emotional understanding allows you to analyze and relate to the perspective of whomever you are helping. This relatability will allow your loved one to feel a sense of relief. They will know they aren’t alone and that others struggle emotionally as well. This process may guide your loved one to seek out support groups with others who have similar problems. This guidance will be beneficial to their mental health because they can overcome pain with their fellow people. Empathy is often a neglected support strategy although it is a key tool in building healthy relationships with the people you love. Don’t forget to empathize with the people you care most about, or really just anyone in general. This emotion is important for your own growth as well.

  1. Offer Resources

When you are in a low mental state seeking professional help isn’t an easy task. Many who struggle aren’t aware of where help is offered. In order to provide help to your loved ones in need, you must do proper research. Mental health is a serious area of one’s overall state, this is why research on professionals or institutions is highly important. Risking your loved one’s health by being unaware of the credibility of a resource isn’t a chance anyone should take. Once you have found proper, valid resources, you can then offer them to anyone you help.

  1. Giving Space

You likely would never have thought that space can be a positive way to support people. Sometimes we just need to be alone and collect ourselves without the distraction of others. Space allows us to heal and grow on our own. If your loved one needs space even though they are hurting, don’t argue with them. Respect their decision and reassure them that you are there for them if they ever need your support. As long as you still offer help when they no longer need space, you are doing an applaudable job as a supportive individual.

  1. Sparking Hope

Hope is a beautiful thing. This feeling truly motivates anyone to realize that hardships don’t last forever. Ask your loved one what they hope for. Tell them that what they hope for is possible and that they will eventually overcome their mental struggles. Next, inspire your loved one with a story of your own that involves hope. Inspire them to fight for their own happiness like you did in that certain scenario. Giving them the fuel to go on is an incredible way to help them have a healthy recovery.

  1. Be Genuine

Often we forget to be genuine when helping others. We suggest careless ideas that we guess could potentially be useful, without putting much thought into them. In order to truly help someone, don’t throw around random ideas. Take a moment to ponder about actual solutions to the problems of the person who is struggling. If you can’t come up with any useful solutions, then be honest. This is where you can use the tip to refer your loved one to a professional source.

  1. Full Attention

There is no need to bombard your loved one with too much chatter. Take a step back and listen to what they have to say. Comprehend their thoughts and be respectful towards their emotions. Show them you do in fact care about their mental state by being an exceptional listener. Once they realize they have your full attention they will feel comfortable and satisfied when you support them. Knowing this, they will continue to reach out to you when needed. Your full attention is undoubtedly necessary to show your loved one you are there for them and not yourself.

  1. Yourself

Consequently, helping others balance their own mental health problems can impact your own mental health. Ensure that you are also prioritizing your mental state while helping others. Mental health is a rough topic that causes lots of stress, anxiety and pain. While being a kind supporting person is wonderful, don’t forget to be that exact same person to yourself.

Supporting Those You Know

After learning these methods of supporting your struggling loved ones, you may be overwhelmed and that is okay. Unless you are ready to be a supporter, don’t feel pressured to use these methods to help anyone. When you are ready to be a supportive friend or loved one to the people in your life, then use these methods wisely. Don’t try to use all these tips at once. Take it slow and decide what tips can actually be useful when helping a specific loved one. Remember, any of these methods you may use can seriously improve the mental health of those around you.

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