Are you sometimes around someone sad, crying, or upset for an extended period? If so, do you know how to comfort them? Today we’ll share how to care for a sad person without upsetting them even more.
Sometimes it’s tough to know what can make a sad or depressed person comfortable.
Many of us sit beside them, uncomfortably, and offer some mumbling incoherent gibberish, which may annoy or frustrate them even more. If that’s you, the below tips may help you take better care of a sad person:
Witness the Feeling
People don’t always look for advice or wise speeches. Sometimes sad people, especially women, just want to vent their feelings. So, try not to be always talking – sitting tight, listening, and supporting constructively might be a better solution. Understanding and empathy can be the most valuable support in some situations. Try to feel how they’re feeling; you may understand what they’re going through.
Start comforting them by saying something like, “I understand you’re having a tough time” or “I’m sorry to see you like this.” Make sure you’re listening to them whole-heartedly, and you mean what you say.
Ensure Their Feelings Make Sense
When someone shares their sad moments and grief, make sure their feeling makes sense. Don’t just listen; try to give your feedback. ‘Active listening’ is what we mean.
Share if you had a similar experience in the past or someone you know had and how they dealt with that. Try to engage the sad person with constructive questions and opinions.
Offer Physical Affection if Needed
Sometimes the sad person won’t want you to talk, and they won’t speak either. They want things to be silent. In that case, if you are familiar with someone, then a warm hug is more appropriate. If not, then putting a hand on the shoulder can be enough.
We hope you got some ideas about caring for a sad person. Do you have any other tips? Feel free to contact us and tell us about your experiences trying to help sad people and what worked for you.