Do you feel like you aren’t supportive enough of your friends? Or maybe your significant other? Being supportive in any relationship is an important part of maintaining it. This is especially true in a romantic relationship. Below are a few ways you can work on being more supportive in your relationships to ensure you keep them healthy and strong.
Everyone has that one friend they haven’t heard from in a while. But the phone and internet work two ways. Don’t be afraid to message or call your friends to check-in. After all, they may be in dire need of support and may be too busy to reach out to you. You never know until you call. And even if you live with your significant other, it’s important to ask how their day was because they may not volunteer information that is bothering them until you ask.
Sometimes, you may reach out to a friend and find that they need to vent about some things going on in their life for a few minutes. The best way you can help this friend or significant other is just by sitting quietly and listening to their problems. If they want advice or help, you can offer it, but even the most put-together people just need to vent now and then.
Help Lower Their Stress
Although you may not solve a problem or situation your significant other may be facing, this doesn’t mean you can’t help lower their stress. For example, if your husband or wife is experiencing a lot of stress at work, maybe take on a few of their household duties so that when they come home in the evening, they can just relax. You can also do something simple or nice for them. You could draw them a bath or give shoulder massage. Or something which will lower their stress if even just for a few minutes.
Being supportive in your relationships is no easy task. But you can start by calling your friends and significant other frequently. Listen to them when they need it, and lowering their stress in any way possible. This will this improve your relationships, and keep them strong for years to come.