Ways to Show Emotional Support
When someone you care about is hurting, you want to help. But there isn’t always a clear solution. Overstepping can also make a delicate situation worse. So it can be hard to know how to show support. We put together a few ways that you can offer emotional support that can help the person you care about feel validated and know that you care.
Simple ways to show emotional support
Ask the person what support looks like for them, rather than making assumptions
Make a thoughtful gesture: phone call, text, email, card, etc.
Fill a post-it with supportive reminders and quotes
Just show up & check in with them - “I’ve been thinking about you” goes a long way!
Recognize their efforts and say, "Thank you!"
Truly "see" & “hear” the person - free from all distractions
Step in to do the ‘To-Dos’
Remind them of their favorite things
Text an unexpected, sincere compliment
Un-plan time together to give them space
Plan time together if they want comfort or a distraction
Try to think of your own unique, creative, supportive gestures you can offer to a person in need of your support. If you aren't sure how to help, reach out to a coach to talk it through.