We all need cheering up from time to time

We all need cheering up from time to time

If someone you know is feeling down and needs cheering up, there are several things you can say to offer comfort and support. Here are some suggestions:

  1. “I’m here for you.” Let them know that you’re available to listen or offer help if they need it.
  2. “I’m sorry you’re going through this.” Validate their feelings and show empathy.
  3. “I believe in you.” Offer encouragement and let them know that you have faith in their abilities.
  4. “This too shall pass.” Remind them that difficult times are temporary and things will get better.
  5. Remind them of times in the past they have coped with challenging things – showing them that they have all the resources they need to call upon.
  6. “What can I do to help?” Ask if there is anything you can do to support them or make things easier.  Sometimes taking care of some practical things can help to make the load lighter.
  7. “Let’s do something enjoyable, and have fun together.” Offer to do an activity that they enjoy to help take their mind off of their worries.
  8. “You’re not alone.” Remind them that they have people who care about them and are there for them.

Remember to listen actively (putting your phone down and really concentrating on what they are saying); give positive and constructive feedback and be sensitive to their emotion – picking the right moment to say things.

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