Friends can be almost like family to us. As we get older, we tend to have less friends but invest a lot more in the friends we do have. Whether you live close to your friends or only see them occasionally, figuring out ways to support them is so important. Here are my top 4 ways you can support your friends:
1. Help Them With a Move
If your friends are looking to move any time soon, you should offer to help them! Moving can be such a stressful period in anyone’s lives, because not only do you have to pack up all your things, you also have to get them to a new property. If you can, I suggest lending a hand for a weekend to help your friends get moved faster, this will help them reduce their stress levels and ensure they get moved in as quickly as possible. And you never know, the next time you move you will probably appreciate the help yourself. If you’re not able to help them move, look into the best moving companies in irvine. If you want to learn more about moving, check out that handy link.
2. Quality Time
If you know your friend is going through a hard time, such as a breakup, a family member passing away or a job loss, then it can be a nice idea to ask if they would like a visitor. But don’t come empty handed, I suggest turning up with a bottle of wine from Naked Winery or a box of beer, to make the conversation flow more easily – it can be a great ice breaker. If you know your friend isn’t doing too well, it might be a good idea to take some food over too or order something while you’re there. Life is full of challenges and ups and downs, and it’s so important to show up for our loved ones when things aren’t going so well.
3. Ask About Their Goals
I’m sure you’re good at checking in with your friends to see how they’re doing, but do you ask how their goals are going? How their work is progressing? Checking in with friends to see how they’re going with their new years resolutions is a great way to show support and concern for them. If you have a particularly close friend, it can be fun to make some goals together so that you can keep each other accountable.
4. Check in Regularly
At this stage in my life I have a lot of friends who are pregnant, so I really enjoy checking in with them to see how they’re doing. This can be such a tough time of their lives, so I like to make the extra effort. When they tell me they have an upcoming appointment, I add it to my calendar so I get a reminder to check in to see how it went. I think this is great to do with doctor’s appointments, any job interviews or special dates. It’s a simple hack that can ensure that your friends feel supported.
I hope these tips help you support your friends better than ever before!