Friends Can Always Understand

How To “Be There”

When a friend goes through a tough time

We’ve all experienced it: When a friend is going through a rough patch, it’s natural to want to swoop in and fix everything. But sometimes, the most powerful thing we can do is simply be present.

First things first, let go of the need to offer advice or positivity right off the bat. Instead, focus on listening – really listening – to what your friend is saying. Create a safe space where they can express themselves freely without fear of judgment or interruption.

Next, practice empathy. Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand what they’re going through. Validate their feelings and let them know that it’s okay to feel whatever they’re feeling.

Most importantly, just be there. Be present in the moment with your friend. Put away your phone, turn off distractions, and give them your undivided attention. Sometimes, just knowing that someone is there for them can make all the difference in the world.

So, next time a friend is struggling, remember: it’s not about fixing their problems or plastering on a fake smile. It’s about being there, listening, and offering your unwavering support. After all, isn’t that what being a RealFriend is all about? 

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