It seems like a lot of people have been going through a rough period lately. I know that for me, this year has been very stressful, however, I got through it with the amazing support from my friends. Here are a few simple things that you can do to show your friends love and support them when they need it the most:
1. Send them supportive text messages
When I randomly get a message from one of my friends saying “you got this” or just one sending me motivation, I instantly feel loved and have a better attitude about everything that’s on my plate.
2. Just check in on them
Simply asking your friends how they’re doing shows that you care.
3. Listen to them
Sometimes, your friend is having a hard time and just wants to vent. Let them.
4. Get them something that they would love
Maybe their love language is gift giving, consider surprising them with a small gift like a face mask or something that reminded you of them.
5. Offer to accompany them somewhere
Sometimes people just like company during errands or when they need to be productive.
6. FaceTime homework date
This is specifically for long distance friendships. Personally, I like having company and motivation when I need to get a few things done. So, I’ll FaceTime my friend and we’ll both motivate each other to work and even brainstorm ideas with each other.
7. Give them a big hug
Everyone can use a warm embrace.
8. Make or bring them food
Food instantly brightens my mood. It’s even brought some tears to my friends when someone brings them food after a hard day.
9. Hype them up
Be their personal hypewoman.
10. Tell them a funny story
Sometimes people just need a good laugh to keep on keeping on.
11. Organize a movie night
If your friend is anything like myself, a lighthearted movie can be the perfect way to de-stress.
12. Tell them you love them
This seems very obvious, but it can go a long way.
13. Send them a cute picture of a puppy
Everyone can use a little puppy love.
14. Buy them flowers
15. Have an at-home spa day
Spa days always make me feel rejuvenated and instantly more confident and ready to handle everything that I have to do.
16. Go out for drinks
17. Plan a fun day activity
Go to the zoo or aquarium, or even try visiting an animal shelter (again, puppy love).
18. Go to Marshall’s or Target
Retail therapy is very real.
19. Take them for a hike
Physical activity and fresh air can be just the reset they need.
20. Listen to their favorite music
I don’t know about you, but a little dance party and/or karaoke session instantly puts me in a good mood.
21. Group nap
22. Bake them cookies
23. Plan a game night
Games can be a great way to destress and offer some fun for a hectic schedule. So consider throwing a game night to relax a little with some friends who need it the most!
I’m sure that any of your friends will appreciate any of the things on this list, stressed or not! Going into a new year, only accept supportive and healthy friendships.