When friends or loved ones are struggling and tell us their problems or share negative emotions, we may feel like we need to jump in and help. Sometimes we have a tendency to problem-solve or try to quickly make the person feel better. We may feel pressure to find the rights words or the best thing to say when supporting others.
This is a great video by Brene Brown. This video explains the impact and importance of empathy and not jumping to problem-solving. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw
If you or a friend is struggling anxiety therapy or depression therapy can be a great option as well. After listening and providing empathy, you could suggest speaking with a therapist as an option. Therapists are tranined professionals that can help people who are dealing with depression, anxiety, as well as other mental health concerns. If you or someone you know is struggling, needing support, or needing someone to talk to feel free to reach out.