Have you listened to someone vent about an issue they’re facing? As someone outside of their experience, you may believe you can see opportunities for the person to help themself. So you offer solution after solution only to get frustrated because you feel they’re not receptive to your help.
Did you consider that those solutions are not the help they need?
It’s our natural tendency to want to offer solutions or advice for problems others are experiencing. But unless they specifically asked, it’s often unhelpful and leaves the person feeling unheard.
This year’s Mental Health Week theme is EMPATHY. And it’s all about helping those around you by improving your listening skills to understand others better. Check out these articles to learn more about the power of empathy.