There's nothing better than to have someone in your life who understands you, listens to your concerns without judgement and just be there for you without question.
And that's what this post is all about.
Changes in your life, your career, health issues, family issues. You name it. Having someone's unconditional support when you're facing some of life's hardships can make all the difference.
While communication, honesty, loyalty and chemistry are all important factors, I think that being supportive of one another is one of the best things you can do for your relationship.
Being completely honest, open and exposing the raw, unfiltered side of yourself can be hard but is important for any relationship to grow.
Here are my Top 5 Ways to Offer Support
1. Offer to Listen
Being able to talk to someone about all of your concerns and fears can definitely relieve some stress and put your mind at ease. Simply knowing there's someone who truly cares about how you're feeling and your overall well being is the best feeling in the world. Getting it all out is good for the mind, body and soul.
2. Offer Encouragement
Being someone's biggest cheerleader when they want to go after something they're passionate about is one of the best things you can do to show your support. And it shouldn't matter what it is or how crazy or unattainable it may seem to you. Remember it means everything to them. When the stakes are high and there's a lot on the line, offering encouragement may get them over those bumps in the road. Let them know you not only believe in their dreams but also believe in them. Knowing someone is in your corner no matter the outcome is priceless.
3. Offer Help
Is there something you can do to lighten their load? When people are struggling, they don't always think to stop and ask for help. This doesn't necessarily mean helping them out with the issue their facing either. When you have a full plate of responsibilities, the little things tend to fall by the wayside. People forget to eat, they can lose sleep and their day to day activities often get forgotten. Offer to cook them dinner, go grocery shopping, clean up around the house, walk their dog or take stuff to the dry cleaners. Trust me when I say that whatever it is you decide to do they will certainly appreciate the help.
4. Offer Advice
This one can be tricky because sometimes if the other person isn't looking for advice. But if they seem open to it then offer up a few ideas that may help them out. And it doesn't matter if you don't know all of the ins and outs about what they're trying to accomplish. Most of us have been through similar situations in life so talk to them about the things that helped you get through some hard times. In the end it will make them feel less like they're alone and more so that you're in it together.
5. Reach out and Touch Someone
All too often we underestimate the power of touch. Human contact is one of the most powerful things you can do for another human being. Touch stimulates the release of endorphins which are the body's natural pain killers. So if you ever find yourself struggling to find the right words to ease their mind, just grab them and
HUG THE SHIT OUT OF THEM!
I'm totally serious. Hugging someone has been known to relieve stress, anxiety and offers a calm safe haven for someone in need. Throw in some cuddling and kissing and you have the trifecta of physical touch. But don't just stop there. A smile, a kind word, or a listening ear all have the potential to have an positive effect on someone's life.
What do you do to show support for someone you care about?
Let me know in the comments below.