It’s normal for people who are having a tough time to feel alone and isolated. Showing someone that you care can do a lot to help lift their mood. We’ve put together five random acts of kindness that can help show somebody you’re there for them.
1. Give them a call
Receiving a phone call during the day to have a chat can let someone know that even though you’re not together, you are thinking of them. Calling just to catch up with someone can instantly brighten their day.
2. Make them a care package
Making someone a care package is an easy way to show kindness and empathy. Care packages don’t have to be expensive to make. For example, it could just be their favourite chocolate and a book. Read our blog for more inspiration about making a low-budget care package.
3. Send them a postcard or letter
Sending a handwritten note, postcard or letter is a lovely way to remind someone that you’re there for them. Taking the time to put pen to paper shows your recipient that you’re thinking about them and can often mean much more than something you’ve spent money on. Letters can help with feelings of loneliness and isolation. Particularly if you write all about the traits you admire about them and how thankful you are to have them in your life.
4. Invite them over and cook dinner
Showing someone you care doesn’t necessarily mean you should be spending lots on lavish gifts and days out. Something as simple as inviting them over, cooking their favourite meal and spending time with them is usually more than enough to show your compassion towards them.
5. Tell them how much you care about them and let them know you’re there whenever they need you
Sometimes the easiest way to show someone you care about them is just to tell them. Whether it’s a text message or in person over a cuppa in the local café, telling someone you’re there for them and how much you appreciate them makes them realise they’re not alone and can rely on your support.
There is a lot of stigma attached to mental health issues and it isn’t always easy for someone to talk about how they are feeling. One of the best things you can do is to let them know you’re there. If you think a loved one is struggling and you don’t know how to help, take a look at our five tips on helping a loved one with their mental health.