It’s been a difficult year for all of us, so now more than ever we’re relying on our friends
The uncertainty of the pandemic so far and everything that has come with it has had a serious impact on our mental and physical health. We’re going through a lot, and we all need a little extra support.
The pandemic means we’re likely to be struggling even more with some of the things that are tricky in normal times, and it’s caused many of us new issues too.
- Less physical activity than usual
- Less motivation
- Feeling down about your self, having low self-esteem
- Increased tiredness
- Anxious feelings
- Low mood
- Feelings of loneliness
- Grief after losing a loved one
- Struggling with family relationships and friendships
- Struggling with romantic relationships
These can affect anyone. It’s perfectly normal to be struggling, and it’s really important to express these feelings to someone who you trust. It’s likely that your friends are in need of a little extra support too – but it’s not always obvious when they need your help. Here’s how to tell.
How do I tell if a friend is struggling?
Here are five signs you can look out for if you think a friend is struggling and may need some support.
1. Not enjoying things they used to. 😔
2. Not having as much confidence as they did before. 🕺
3. Spending less time with friends and family. 👪
4. Being tired a lot of the time. 🛏️
5. Talking about feeling sad or worthless. 😞
It may be that you notice all of these things, or just a few of them. You may also have friends who are able to hide their feelings very well, so it can be useful to ask your friends if they’re doing okay. Reach out and bring friends into the conversation.
What can I do to help?
If you’ve noticed a friend is acting differently to usual and you think they may be struggling, there are some really practical things you can do to support them. Discover our top ways to support your friends who are struggling, click here.
Discover Fumble’s pandemic support series
The pandemic has had a huge impact on all of our lives, and we’ve all struggled to understand and digest the changes that continue to happen all around us. Our pandemic support series explores young people’s experiences of COVID-19, and helps you start to make sense of the chaotic and uncertain time we’re living in. Discover the full series here.
Other support can be found here:
- The Mix, get support via 1-to1 webchat, email or counselling
- NHS latest Coronavirus advice
- The government’s latest Coronavirus guidelines
- YoungMinds pandemic support
Last reviewed: 22 January 2021 | Image: Roberto Nickson via Upsplash