We are living in strange times; there’s no doubt about it. While some people have embraced the madness, others have gone the other way. The coronavirus pandemic and all that it’s brought to the world has increased rates of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. While it’s normal that this would happen, it’s not as if we have to simply accept that it’s a part of modern life. There are things we can do to make sure sure that people don’t suffer. And it’s quite simple: we just have to care.
In this blog, we’ll look at some of the most effective ways of checking that your friends and family are well.
Call Them Up
The coronavirus pandemic has pushed us inside to a degree that we’ve never experienced before. Because of this, it’s not always possible to meet up with friends and family face to face. Fortunately, modern technology can come to the rescue. Don’t wait for a reunion to happen before you check that they’re doing well. Call them up, and talk directly. You can even make a video call and see them face to face. If they’re evasive when answering how they are, then you’ll be able to hear it in their voice whether they’re OK or not.
Review Their Situation
Of course, some people are good at hiding the truth. But sometimes, it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that someone isn’t feeling on top of the world. You can just look at their situation, and ask yourself: would they be well? If a person has lost their job, and they split up with their partner before the lockdown began, then it’s unlikely that they’re going through a vintage period. If things are going extra bad for them, then just assume that they need a little help.
Look For the Signs
How people differ with emotional distress varies from person to person. Some people will become withdrawn. Others will put on a super smiley face, and insist everything is fine. Others will fall into substance abuse. You know your friends and family members better than anyone. Can you look out for the signs? This will relate to how they’re acting, but also signs of substance abuse. Take a look at the blog where American Addiction Centers reviews the most common addictions. Do you think your loved one is using any of the substances on the list? If they are, then it could be a sign that they’re struggling with everything that’s going on.
Of course, you don’t have to wait until your friend or family member hits rock bottom before you help them. Part of making sure your loved ones are well involves taking a proactive step to ensure that it’s the case. Even if everything’s going well, do your bit to provide support — they’ll be happier for it, and it can help keep problems at bay. And, of course, be sure to look after your own state of mind too. You’ll be able to help even more.
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