Having a friend with a chronic illness can be difficult and it’s important to show them support. Knowing how to best do that can be tricky, so here are some ways you can show your support and help them through the tough times.
Wear Something to Show Your Support
Wearing t-shirts or lapel pins, like Lupus Awareness Pins, show your support is an easy way to make sure your friend knows they are not alone in their fight against their chronic illness. Not only will it make them feel supported but it will also spread awareness of their condition and the struggles they face. It’s also a great conversation starter when people ask about why you are wearing the shirt or pin.
Check In Regularly
Checking in regularly with your friend is an important way to show your support. Ask how they are feeling, how treatments are going, if there’s anything you can do for them, or just see how their day is going. You don’t need to check in every day but maybe every week or two just let them know you are thinking of them and that you care about their wellbeing.
Listen Without Judging
Having someone who will listen without judging can be helpful for anyone struggling with a chronic illness but especially so for those dealing with mental health issues as well. Everyone needs someone who will listen and not judge what they have been through or what they are going through now – having this kind of listening ear available can help greatly in relieving stress and anxiety associated with chronic illnesses.
Bring Them Meals
If your friend has difficulty cooking due to their illness, bringing meals over occasionally can be a great way to show your support while making sure they get the nutrition they need. The effort of preparing meals on top of managing symptoms can be too much sometimes and having meals brought over helps ease this burden and shows that you care about their wellbeing beyond just words.
Supporting friends who have chronic illnesses doesn’t have to be hard or complicated – often times small gestures such as wearing something that shows your support, checking in regularly, listening without judgment, or bringing meals over can make all the difference! Knowing how best to show your support is essential for helping friends manage their disorders better and easing any stress or anxieties associated with it. So pick up one of our products today as an easy way to start showing that you care!