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Having a loved one experience any sort of mental health struggle can be challenging. We want to support them in any way possible. We want to take away their discomfort and worry. While we cannot work through their mental health struggles for them, there are ways to be there for our loved ones. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind if you have a loved one suffering from stress or anxiety. 


Be Available


Simply being available can be a huge help to your loved ones. One important thing to remember is that it is always good to verbalize that you are available if they need anything. Often we think others just know of our love and support, so we fail to say it out loud. Tell your loved ones that you are there for them and ready to support them. 


Be a Listening Ear


Listening to someone explain how they feel can be powerful. Let them talk, and chime in when you think it is beneficial and helpful. Know that listening is an excellent form of support. 


Offer Insight


When you think it is helpful, offer insight. Try not to give unsolicited advice if you do not think your friend wants it. Sometimes we can build stronger bonds when we can relate and share in experiences. If you understand what your loved one is experiencing, then tell them that. 


Remember You Do Not Need to Understand


You do not need to understand what someone is going through to show them love and support. Mental health issues are complicated, and sometimes it is challenging to understand. Show support because you care, not because you understand. 


Having loved ones struggling with addiction or mental health issues can be challenging. It can feel overwhelming to try to take away their pain and solve their struggles. Try to show that you are available and willing to listen to them. Simply being there can have a significant impact on theirs and your mental well-being.  If you have insight, offer it; otherwise, realize that you do not need to understand to show support. Here at The Guest House, we know mental health issues can be complicated, often affecting entire families and close friends. We are here to help. Call us today to learn more about how we can support you on your journey to mental well-being and health at (855) 483-7800.