Saturday 8th June celebrates National Best Friends Day. To mark the occasion, we have some top tips to show your friend you’re there for them, at a time when they need you most.
Friends are there for us when we need to laugh, cry, or have a good old natter. Friendships are what keep us going in day to day life.
But, when times for your friend get tough, it can be hard to know what to do or say to make things better, especially, when we live busy lives and it isn’t possible to be on the doorstep every day.
Here are our top tips:
We don’t talk as much over the phone anymore. However, if your friend is going through a bereavement, illness, or break-up, hearing a kind voice at the end of the line is enough to lighten the load. Impromptu phone calls instantly let your friend know you’re thinking of them. Don’t worry if they don’t pick up, a missed call will still show you care.
Friends always say “let me know if I can help”. However, none of us take the help. We’re independent women. So, do something out of the blue to support their situation. If your friend’s grieving, a homemade meal left on the doorstep will make them smile. Be of help by taking away the ironing for your friend who’s unwell. Or book a girlie afternoon tea for your friend going through a break-up. All are small gestures but will make a big impact on your friend’s day.
Writing letters has become a thing of the past. However, words written on a piece of paper will always hold more meaning than a text. Letters are kept and cherished too. Think about words your friend might like to hear and write them down. It doesn’t have to be long. It could even be a poem you’ve found or a few words on pretty paper such as “you’ve got this”. To receive something other than a bill or flyer in the post will make your friend feel loved.
The start of the week tends to be the time when most of us feel down. Imagine waking up to a sweet and thoughtful message such as “new week, I’m here for you” on a Monday morning. It’ll put a smile on your friend’s face and give them the boost they need to get on with their day.
Finally, receiving a surprise package will always delight someone at their front door. You can find some lovely gifts online to send in the post. Think of something different such as a book, a candle, a notebook, or a decorated mug. Whenever your friend uses that gift they’ll remember you and know you’ll always be there.