How to support your loved ones

Life is full of constant stresses and problems. Showing the ones that are close to you that they have your support is extremely important. So many people suffer silently with their issues.

Why is it important to show support

Many people might not appear to feel lonely or anxious but secretly may be. Having someone to talk to about their problems can be a huge relief. Even if you are simply there for them or show them that they can reach out if necessary, can mean a lot and can be a way for them to feel more secure when struggling through problems. Everyone is doing their best in their own way and sometimes life can seem difficult to tackle, especially if you are feeling isolated.

When should I show support?

Of course, there are some times when it is more important to be there for friends and family, such as the death of a loved one or after receiving a serious medical diagnosis. Even a break-up that may be especially hard to handle. Sometimes it’s good to have a friend around when certain life events are celebrated, such as a promotion. Being there and celebrating with them will make them feel loved and supported.

How can I show support?

Showing support can mean something different for everyone. For some it’s small gestures of words of encouragement and for others it’s planning extravagant days out or gifts, but each way is just as important as another. Sending a card is a great way to reach out as you can fill it with everything you want to say and your loved one can keep it to read whenever they feel like it. Take into account their love language and ways of giving/receiving affection to make sure you show your support in a way they can understand.

Keep in contact

It can be hard to stay in touch with friends and family if you have your own family or if you are simply just dealing with a busy schedule. Remember that many people may simply fail to reach out if they are going through a crisis. Getting in touch by sending a card or a quick message can make someone’s day. You really never know how much someone could appreciate a few kind words or even a gesture from a stranger, such as paying for their coffee anonymously.


Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.

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