With the COVID-19 situation lasting this long, it is easy for people to become discouraged and lose heart. With that being said, encouragement is needed now more than ever before! While kind words and texts can mean a lot to people, here are a few additional ways to keep conversations positive and encouraging during this time:
1. Give People Perspective.
When talking with someone who is discouraged, be sure to help them see the bigger picture. When we can’t see, our emotions tend to rule, so help them understand that there is more to life than the crisis in front of them. Things will get better!
2. Encourage Creativity.
Now is the time to think outside of the box! As it is said, “Necessity is the mother of all invention.” If someone is tired of the mundane and always being at home, encourage them to get creative on ways to serve, entertain, and grow. In the end, we will either complain or create - so let’s choose to create!
3. Balance Realism and Optimism.
If you’re too realistic, you’ll add to the discouragement. If you’re too optimistic, your advice and words will be shallow. Make sure to have a combination of both! Be practical about what’s going on, but also provide spiritual hope.
4. Be Less Instructive and More Available.
This is the time to connect, not correct. People need to know that you care about them at this time - everything else can wait. Instead of continually offering correction, just let someone know that you’re available for them if they need you. Consider the following questions when letting others know that you’re available:
Who should I connect with?
When do I connect with people?
How do I connect with people?
In the end, every relationship is built on the foundation of connection, but not every relationship is built the same.
5. Be the Example.
When you’re around someone who is discouraged, display and promote joy! Some great ways to keep yourself encouraged so that you can continue to encourage others is by answering these questions:
How will I use this crisis to deepen my relationship with God?
How will I use this crisis to deepen my relationship with others?
How will this time make me better?
How will I use what I’m going through to help others?
Example is the best teacher. If we can see what God is doing in our own lives, we can see what God is doing in someone else’s life!
We hope that by putting these concepts into practice, you’ll be able to encourage others, as well as encourage yourself along the way!
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