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We have made it through so much. Worry, isolation, hardship and grief have weighed heavier than usual on a lot of us the last few years. Everyday activities can still feel overwhelming, and sometimes we need extra support.

Checking in with family and friends, offering a little help or just listening can be the lift someone needs. Here are some ways you can help.

Tip #1 - Thinking about a friend? Let them know. 

Be spontaneous. Reaching out and connecting in the moment can make all the difference in someone’s day. It's good for your health too.

Tip #2 - Meet in person when you can.

Whether you meet up for a walk in a park, for a quick coffee, a long lunch, or a chat on the street corner, find ways to meet in person. Face-to-face time feels good and can be the connection we all need.  

Tip #3 - Share a laugh!

Laughter helps both physical and mental health. Sharing a silly meme, a joke, story or a photo that tickles your funny bone helps us find joy, and can be just the pick-me-up that someone else needs.

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Tip #4 - Stay connected.

We got better at staying in touch electronically during the pandemic when we couldn't see each other in person. Texts, calls, social media—staying in touch with family or friends regularly can still help them out of a slump, or simply brighten their day. Yours too.

Tip #5 - Lead with kindness.

Remember, everyone’s struggling with something. Courtesy and kindness—a thank you, a friendly conversation, some patience—go a long way. 

Tip #6 - Make a little extra food to share.

Know any friends or neighbors who might need a bit of care? Sharing food is an easy (and delicious!) way to help.

Tip #7 - Lend a hand.

A little help can make a big difference. Washing dishes, doing laundry, mowing the lawn or watching the kids can give someone the break they need.

Tip #8 - Get past “fine.”

Conversation is a powerful coping tool. These conversation starters can help get at how people are really doing: 

  • What have you been thinking about lately? 
  • What has made you smile this week? 
  • I’ve been thinking about you. How’s your heart today? 
  • What are you listening to, watching, reading?
  • What’s something you’re looking forward to?
  • What’s been hard lately?

Tip #9 - Help find ways to reduce stress.

Remembering to take care of ourselves AND finding the time is hard. Ask someone what they do to take care of themselves and make a short list of easy, day-to-day activities that can help reduce stress. Encourage each other to make time for wellness. 

Tip #10 - Encourage people to get the support they need.

Make time to talk, connect them to others or share ideas for where they can get professional help. If you offer support, they’re far more likely to seek and get help.

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