Ever wonder if you have extended the proper help to a friend in need. Remember that your job is to share, not save them. It is really hard to stand by when someone you care about is going through a difficult time.
Extending help in this situation would not be easy. It is important to ask them what is happening and what they need without making assumptions or jumping to conclusions. You’ll get frustrated, maybe even hurt or angry. The best way to start is to let your friend that you are there for them and that you are willing to help in whatever way they want.
Always bear in mind that you are there to share, to help not to save. There are problems that need to be dealt with by professionals. You may share your thoughts and experiences but never make the decision for them.
How can you help?
You can be there to listen. As a friend, you can be there to listen without judgment. Let them talk through their experiences. This would be very helpful to them.
You can learn together. When someone dear to you is going through something you help them understand the situation they are in. In doing so, you will do research and try to understand the problem and help them come up with the solution. Thereby leaning together as well.
You can share experiences. Sharing a similar experience with others will somehow lighten the burden or problem. Sometimes people don’t want advice but sharing your experience can help them decipher things and decide accordingly.
You can offer practical help. Sometimes providing them food is just what they need or someone to look after their homes or little kids. That practical help that we usually ignore turns out to be the help they really need.
Extending help to others has a lot of forms. Sometimes, you don’t need to be physically present in someone’s life to extend help. A pair of ears that listens at times is enough to help. Bear in mind your job is to share not to save.
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