People in our lives need more support than ever. Some have COVID. Some struggle professionally. Some need parenting help. Some battle mental health issues. I’m finding I need to ask people where they need support and how I can support them best. But people don’t always know what kind of support they need, so you can follow your question with a few suggestions. In a text, it might look like this:
What’s most stressing you out today?
How can I best support you? Do you need a phone call, a meal, a coffee delivery, or a walk?
When you offer some suggestions, you’ll find people will answer you. I’ve made phone calls to a grieving friend, delivered coffee twice, and walked many times with friends who needed extra support.