We get by with a little help from our friends, so it’s important to return the favour. Even our most resilient pals need a little lift every now and again. It’s not all about deep conversations and heart-to-heart sessions, a quick check in with your friend can actually go a long way. Grand gestures aside, it really is the little things that count. We notice them the most when communication stops, so I thought I’d make a list of overlooked things you can do to give your friend a little pick me up.
Tag them in ALL the memes
This is one that we can all do and it only takes a second. I have friendships that have now boiled down to keeping in touch via memes. We don’t see each other all the time, but every time I see a cute dog video or a daft picture, I’ll tag them in the comment section so that they can have a laugh too.
DM out of the blue
Just straight up message your friend and say ‘Hey just thought I’d check in! How are you?’ How easy is that? We all get a bit of text anxiety sometimes and they mind be avoiding someone, so I like to ping a message via social media instead.
Recommend something to them
Enjoyed a podcast or Youtube video that a friend might like? Share it with them. Just the idea that something reminded you of them will give them a little lift. Don’t overthink it, just a simple ‘Hey I just watched this and thought it might be your cup of tea.’ is all it takes.
Support their passion
There’s nothing more frustrating than people taking the piss out of your hobbies. Don’t be that guy! If your friend is passionate about blogging, stamp collecting, gaming – it doesn’t matter if you don’t feel the same. You can still listen to them and take an interest in their hobbies. Have some darn respect!
Be their best cheerleader
We all have that one person on our timeline that likes all our tweets. It’s kind of like when your parents first got Facebook and liked EVERY update you made, even if they had no clue what you were talking about. Be that person for your bestie. Like every update, comment on every selfie, RT their important updates. This is basic shiny theory. You don’t shine unless your friends do, so celebrate every little moment.
Hold them to account
Sometimes being supportive can take a tough tone too. If your friend has been meaning to do something but they’ve been putting it off, make sure you give them a little nudge. They’ll thank you for it in the long run. Sometimes people simply need to be empowered to make the jump, so just let them know you’ll stand by them and support their decision regardless.
Invite them round for a cuppa
Even though your instagram feed might make you wish you could, you can’t go out for drinks/food every night of the week. However, two tea bags and a dash of milk are make much cheaper alternative. You don’t have to drag your friends out to somewhere fancy just put netflix on and have a catch up over a cuppa.
About to tweet about something your friend shared with you first? Mention them. It’s a conversation starter and shows that you really appreciated what they sent you.
It’s really important not to get complacent with your friendships. After all, most of the things on this list take 2 minutes! A little check-in text or DM can make a huge difference to someone’s day. Even if you don’t think a friend needs a pick me up, do it anyway! You never know what a friend might be going through.