4 tips for Encouraging Others Who Have Hit a Rough Patch




When a friend, loved one, or co-worker hits a rough patch, oftentimes we aren’t quite sure what to say or to do.

While the tips we talked about in Tuesday’s post are wonderful, (3 Tips for Encouraging Others), here are 4 additional tips that can also help:

1. Small gifts:

No need to break the bank! A small bouquet of flowering “weeds” from alongside a road can be lovely. An interestingly shaped leaf, a colorful rock, or a

2. Share uplifting resources:

Perhaps you have a cherished poem that uplifts you or a favorite motivational speaker, share these with someone who may be going through a tough time.

3. Be transparent:

It can be helpful to talk to them about difficulties you’ve faced and what you did to overcome them. Hearing what another has done can spark ideas about what they can do to help themselves and it also gives them hope that their situation can be conquered.

4. Volunteer:

Perhaps you can offer to search the Internet for local and online resources that can help them with their specific difficulty. Or perhaps you can offer to sit with their kids if they need time alone to think and plan their way out of the rough patch. Also, you can drop off homemade chicken soup or a casserole.


This short list should get your creative juices flowing. When you come up with other ideas, please share them in the comments section below!

Please pass this post along to a friend–thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



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