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How to Help Your Loved Ones Cope With Big Life Changes

How to Help Your Loved Ones Cope With Big Life ChangesYou may have a friend or close family member who is trying to cope with big life changes. These changes may be positive or negative, but either way they can be very stressful and completely overwhelming. They could be anything from a promotion, a death in the family, divorce, a move, or even the birth or adoption of a new baby. The most important thing is that you are aware of what this person is going through and are there to be of whatever assistance that you can. Some ways to be supportive during these times could include.

Being a Good Listener
Sometimes the best way to support someone in your family is just to listen to their concerns, fears, and opinions. Just having the opportunity to vent to someone who truly cares can be a priceless gift and can also help relieve anxieties and tensions. Many times individuals don’t necessarily want a person to tell them how to cope; they just want to be able to voice their feelings and get them out in the open.

Guiding Them toward Professional Assistance
If they seem overwhelmed by the changes that life is throwing at them, it may be best to help them find professional help. For example, a friend who struggles with postpartum depression may benefit from a support group at a local hospital. An individual dealing with the death of a loved one could get immense help and understanding from a bereavement center. If the individual needs legal assistance, you can guide her to an attorney who can assist with her particular cause. According to the Summit Disability Law Group, a collection of disability attorneys in Bountiful Utah, if a member of the family becomes disabled then hiring a lawyer can be very helpful.

Making Yourself Available

Just making yourself available to be there when your friend or relative needs you is a huge commitment but can be vital to the well-being of that person. Knowing that there is a shoulder to lean on or their own personal cheerleader may be of huge solace to them. Be ready to be on call day or night, and know that in the future, they would do the very same for you.

These steps will not only help this individual with what he or she is going through, they will also bring you closer. Being a supportive friend or family member will also give you a feeling of fulfillment that cannot be matched.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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