Aug 17th, 2021
Self-care is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, but it’s not the only type of care a person needs, advises Human Resources in a message sent Monday to UWindsor faculty and staff.
Giving time and energy to others can be just as nourishing as taking care of ourselves. The Wellness Tip of the Week suggests ways to support others when they are going through challenging times:
- Offer to help in practical ways. Make a meal and bring it to their home; pick up groceries or run other errands; take their dog for a walk.
- Create a safe environment. Be present by answering their calls and texts; listen without offering advice or trying to fix things; keep things shared with you in confidence; be their friend and not their therapist.
- Demonstrate that you care. Ask what you could do to help and then follow through; when together, focus on them and not your phone; be patient and avoid hurrying them through a conversation; offer to do something fun together like have coffee, see a movie, or go for a walk.