Research has shown over 5 million Australians are stressed in our communities. The good thing is we can actively do something to change this.
Part of this means keeping an eye out for someone who is doing it tough. This can look like sickness, death of a loved one, trouble with kids or finances, lost a job, or didn’t get one, and disappointment of some kind.
Allan proposed 4 great tips to us all that can help combat the stress in our community:
- Buy or make a card and send or give it to them
- Text or email them and let them know you are thinking about them (if you are a Christian, say you’re praying for them – even most non-Christians value your prayers and your faith!)
- Invite them for a coffee and just be there for them
- Put your hand on their shoulder and say you are sorry for the tough stuff in their lives
“I used to think you had to be profound or spiritual or have clever words to say, when dealing with someone who is having a tough time. But you don’t, just the slightest acknowledgement is so reassuring. You don’t have to be profound, you just have to be there and acknowledge it.”
You can listen to the full interview with Allan below:
Every Wednesday, Allan Tranter from Creating Communities joins Kirste and Morro on Brekky. His theme for this term has been “small acts that build community“.