We all go through a personal crisis from time to time.
Arguably, one of the worst things about a crisis is finding out people you considered friends, aren’t your friends.
Don’t we all assume friends are supposed to be there for each other through the hard times? Bring each other ice cream? Watch bad romantic comedies and laugh at the unrealistic chain of events? Go to Starbucks and laugh while you “people watch?”
When support doesn’t happen (no matter what it looks like), it hurts finding out your friends are foes, making a bad situation worse.
If you have a friend going through a rough patch and want to be there for them, keep reading.
We’ve got five ways to be there for your friends during times of crisis—even if it’s just a bad day.
1. Be There, Listen, and Accept Them
Crises come in all shapes and sizes.
Whether it’s a break-up, major life change, or death in the family, one of the best things you can do it be there and listen.
Sometimes, you might not agree with your friends’ choices, but as a real friend, all you can do is give your solicited advice and listen when they need to talk.
Most importantly, listen without judgment. Sometimes all it takes is having someone close as a means of working things out through conversation.
2. Try to Take Their Mind off the Crisis at Hand
The more you sit and dwell on things, the more upset you’ll be.
Keep this in mind when you’re trying to console your friend and they keep heading down a path of depressive thoughts and possible scenarios. Try to help take their mind off whatever it is bringing them down.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You can go over to their house and cook them some tacos, followed by a series of lousy Lifetime movies you can both laugh at. You can even take them out for a ride around the city to take their mind off things.
At the end of the day, if you can take their mind off the situation and make them laugh and loosen up a bit—you’ve succeeded.
3. Share Your CBD Gummies
If anything can bring a friend out of a funk, it’s CBD.
Give them CBD gummies and watch them work through all the stress and anxiety that’s bringing them down. CBD contains helpful cannabinoids that work with the body’s endocannabinoid system to send signals to the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
What does this all mean? It means the CBD gummies you share work to provide balance and calming vibes in the process.
If they’re not into the gummy option, other options are available, such as tinctures, vape pens, and other edibles. In times of crisis, a CBD vape pen is another suitable option because it works ridiculously fast.
They have the highest bioavailability of all CBD products because they go into the bloodstream straight through the lungs.
It doesn’t hurt to bring a combination of products. You guys can try them all together, chill, and talk about life’s ups and downs.
4. Encourage Self-Care and Self-Help
We all have different things we do to pull ourselves out of a funk.
Among the most utilized methods are self-care and self-help. Gift them one of your favorite self-help books, or a basket of self-care items to lift their spirit and self-confidence.
Speaking of CBD, there are also some excellent self-care products such as face masks and bath bombs that your friend could use to lessen the stress hanging over their heads.
Encourage them to practice self-love habits such as mindfulness, exercise, forgiveness, and whatever else makes them feel good about themselves.
5. Speak Happiness and Positivity
Speaking positivity into someone’s life can go such a long way.
Not only are you ushering good vibes into both of your lives, but you’re leading by example and showing them how to raise their vibration.
Being able to find the silver lining in any situation is a skill that takes time to perfect. It helps if you and your friends practice this way together. A crisis is a perfect time to introduce a friend to the power of positivity.
True Friendship Goes a Long
We all need a shoulder to lean on from time to time. Life can switch things up at any moment.
What makes all the difference in the world is having people close who lift your spirits and are honest with you when you need it the most.
You’ll be on both sides at different times of your life because it’s life, right?
Some days you’re the one in crisis; other days, it’s those closest to you.
No matter what goes on, you’ll know how to approach the situation in the best way possible.