Helping Your Friends Through Hard Times

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Friends are great. Various studies have shown that people who have more friends tend to lead longer, healthier, happier, and fuller lives. This makes sense. But perhaps one of the most comforting and rewarding things about having friends is that when we have strong relationships with others, we also have a strong support network. Your friends are the people who pick you up when you’re down, helping you to overcome problems and difficulties and move forward with your life in a positive manner. So it’s important that you return this favour if any of your own pals are going through a rough patch. Regardless of the situation, here are a few ways to show your support and bring a smile to their face.


While texting, instant messaging apps and other forms of social media have made communication with people a whole lot easier and more convenient, sometimes you just can’t beat a face-to-face meet up with your best bud. If they’re experiencing problems and are close enough for you to get to, offer to visit. While it’s great to vent your problems, sometimes the best thing to make someone feel better is simply having someone else literally there. So, turn up with a film, snacks, and a shoulder for them to lean on.

Send a Card and Flowers

While we can generally be there for our friends emotionally wherever in the world they may be, we can’t necessarily always be there for them physically. If you have a long distance friendship or happen to be away while your friend is going through a tough time, you’re not going to be able to head round to their house for a drink, chat and a hug. But there are alternative comforting things that you can do to ensure that they know you’re thinking of them and wishing them the best. Consider sending something special in the post. Not only will this be a refreshing break from the bills and other dull paperwork that we all receive by mail, but it can be a pleasant surprise that will bring a smile to their face. Cards are generally a good idea. You can write a sentimental message inside showing your support. Alternatively, flowers tend to go down a treat. They will last for around a week, brightening your friend’s home as well as their mood. There are even companies out there who will get your flowers delivered quick time. Take a look at a same day flower delivery shop for more information and to take a look at your options.

Arrange a Day Out

Sometimes the best remedy for sadness is to occupy your mind with something other than your problems. So if your friend is dwelling on a negative situation, arrange a day out. This will help them to get out of the house and let their hair down. This could be something as simple as a meal out, or could be a bit more adventurous. You know your friend and their tastes best, so will be able to pick something that they will enjoy!

These are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling. The most important thing is that your friend knows you’re there to support them in their time of need and these are just a few ways of showing you’re there for them!

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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