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5 Ways to Help Someone Who Is Struggling – Part 4

We’re wrapping up our series today on how you can help someone without trying to save them. The last two pieces connect so well and they both make such a difference.

5 ways to help someone who is struggling

Be A Friend

This might be tricky, because every situation is different. It may mean listening and giving the person a chance to vent. Maybe it means sitting quietly just so your friend knows they are not alone. Maybe they truthfully do not have the time to be with you. You can still be a friend.

The hardest, yet best way I’ve found to be a friend is to give the person in crisis space. Sometimes they just need to walk through whatever is going on. The one thing that makes this idea helpful is to let them know that you are still there. Let them know you care and that you understand. Tell them you will be there at any point and that you are not offended that they don’t have time like they used to.

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Bless Them

When someone is going through something hard, they don’t often have time, money or the ability to do the fun things in life. Help them remember the good things, even in the hard. Give a gift certificate for ice cream or the movies, babysit so they can go to dinner, take their kids to the park, plant a garden so they can see it from their window.

There are so many amazing things you can do to remind someone who is struggling that there is still beauty in their world. You can show someone that they are still worthy of good, amazing, beautiful things in life. Remind them of the good.


This is the final post in a series. Click here to see Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. You can make a difference for someone today!


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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I’m here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

4 Replies

  1. Sometimes that’s all we can do – just be there for them. But sometimes, that is the most needed thing of all. We tend to shy away from this very practical approach because it seems like it’s not enough, but often times it is such a heart encouragement to know someone is near thinking of you and present when you need them.

    Thanks for sharing this, Becky.

    1. Becky Hastings

      It does mean so much just knowing someone is there. Thanks for being here Ruthie 🙂

  2. Ginny

    Such good ideas, offering to babysit is genius!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Sometimes it is the most practical things that we forget about. It can do a world of wonders to do the simple things for someone in crisis.

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