I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “actions speak louder than words.” This is especially true when it comes to giving emotional support. When someone close to us is upset, we want them to know that they are loved and cared for. The best way to do this is by taking action in ways that show our love and care. This article explains 20 ways you can give your friends emotional support. Read them here.
- 1 What Is Emotional Support?
- 1.1 Types Of Emotional Support
- 1.2 General Tips For Giving Emotional Support
- 1.3 How Can I Give Emotional Support?
- 1.4 Benefits Of Giving Emotional Support
- 1.5 Negative Impact Of Giving Emotional Support
- 1.6 Trying To Provide Emotional Support When You Don’t Have It To Give
- 1.7 Helping Someone In Learning The Concept
- 2 Conclusion
- 3 A Word From Mantra Care
What Is Emotional Support?
Emotional support is the provision of understanding, comfort, and practical assistance to someone who is experiencing a difficult event or situation. It differs from physical support, which is the provision of food, shelter, and other basic needs.
Emotional support can be very important for people who are going through a difficult time. It can help them feel understood and cared for, which can make them feel better emotionally.
Types Of Emotional Support
There are many different ways that you can give emotional support to your friends. The following are some of the most common types of emotional support:
- Listening: One of the best things you can do for someone who is upset is to listen to them. Just let them talk and don’t try to fix anything. Letting them vent their feelings can be very helpful.
- Validation: It’s important to validate the feelings of your friends when they are upset. This means that you acknowledge that their feelings are real and valid, even if you don’t agree with them.
- Supporting: Sometimes all your friend needs is someone to support them through their tough time. You can do this by providing practical assistance, such as helping them do their laundry or make dinner.
- Educating: It can be helpful to educate your friends about the things that are causing them stress. This can help them understand what is happening and why they are feeling the way they are.
- Praying: Prayer can be a powerful source of emotional support for your friends. Many people find comfort and strength in sharing their thoughts and feelings with God or a higher power of their choice.
General Tips For Giving Emotional Support
While there are many different ways that you can provide emotional support to your friends, they all share some characteristics:
- Be available: Make sure the person knows they can talk to you and that you’re available when they need to talk.
- Be there: Emotional support is most effective when it’s done face-to-face, so try to be with your friend as much as possible. This can be hard if the person lives far away or has a busy schedule but it might make them feel better knowing that you tried.
- Listen: When your friend is upset, it’s important to listen and let them talk instead of trying to solve the problem. If you do this, they will know that you care about what they’re going through and feel supported by you.
How Can I Give Emotional Support?
There are many ways you can give emotional support to your friends. Here are ten of the most common:
- Listen actively and patiently. Don’t judge or try to fix their problems: Just listen and let them talk.
- Acknowledge their feelings. Say things like “I’m sorry you’re feeling that way” or “That sounds really tough.”
- Don’t give advice unless they ask for it. Many people don’t want advice, they just want to be heard.
- Be there for them. Make yourself available to talk when your friend needs it, even if it’s inconvenient for you.
- Show empathy. Put yourself in your friend’s shoes and try to understand how they feel.
- Offer practical help where you can. This could include doing the grocery shopping, taking care of the pets, or making a meal.
- Compliment them on their strengths. Everyone likes to feel appreciated, especially during difficult times.
- Display warmth and understanding. Make them feel loved.
- Be positive and supportive. Focus on looking forward, not backward.”
- Avoid giving advice unless it is specifically requested.
- Acknowledge their feelings.
- Make yourself available to talk when they need you.
- Provide practical assistance where needed.
- Let them know you care about them.
- Express your sympathy if appropriate.
- Respect their boundaries:
- Don’t give advice unless it is requested.
- Avoid repeating the details of their problems without being asked.
- Focus on looking forward, not backward.”
When someone close to us is upset, we want them to know that they are loved and cared for.” The best way to do this is by taking action in ways that show our love and care.”
Benefits Of Giving Emotional Support
There are many benefits to giving emotional support. These include:
- It can make the other person feel loved and cared for, which makes them feel better emotionally.
- Their feelings will be validated because you understand how they’re feeling without trying to fix their problem or telling them what to do.
- They may feel less self-conscious about having negative feelings or being a burden to others.
- It can strengthen the relationship between you and the other person.
- It gives you a sense of purpose and makes you feel helpful.
- You may learn more about yourself and your own strengths and weaknesses.
Negative Impact Of Giving Emotional Support
While giving emotional support is usually beneficial, there are some negative aspects to providing this type of help. These include:
It can become draining if the other person doesn’t reciprocate or return your kindness with negativity or ingratitude.
If you know how someone feels but they don’t want to change their situation, it’s difficult to provide any real help. For example, if one of your friends is not happy at work and you can’t do anything about it, then that would be frustrating for both of you.
The relationship between you and another person may be hurt if one of you always helps the other. If you don’t do things for one another, this could lead to your resenting each other.
When someone loses someone they love, it is important to be sensitive. If you do not keep track of how much support you can give, it could lead to burnout.”
Trying To Provide Emotional Support When You Don’t Have It To Give
When another person needs your emotional support but you can’t provide it because you’re too upset, this is called secondary traumatization. For example, if one friend loses their child and you haven’t lost a child, your friend might expect that they will get all of their emotional support from you. This can lead to them feeling frustrated or disappointed.”
Helping Someone In Learning The Concept
When someone is trying to help you understand why they can’t give or receive emotional support, there are some things that you should keep in mind. These include:
- Be sensitive and empathetic when delivering the information. This is an example of when it might not be helpful when you tell your friend that you don’t think they are dealing with depression.
- Relate it back to yourself by using an example from your own life. “The best way I’ve found to handle my feelings about what happened was…”
- Make sure they know how much respect and love you have for them before giving any feedback.” “I care so much about our friendship; however sometimes we need to take a step back and not offer emotional support.”
In order to provide emotional support, one needs to be understanding and attentive. The best way to do this is through active listening. Active listening means that you are giving your full attention to the person and asking questions. This means that people who have the same interests or experiences can create a bond with each other. It is also a way for people who don’t feel like they belong anywhere else to find their space in the world.
A Word From Mantra Care
Your mental health — your psychological, emotional, and social well-being — has an impact on every aspect of your life. Positive mental health essentially allows you to effectively deal with life’s everyday challenges.
Also, at Mantra Care, we have a team of therapists who provide affordable online therapy to assist you with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship, OCD, LGBTQ, and PTSD. You can take our mental health test. You can also book a free therapy or download our free Android or iOS app.