Are there some days where you would give anything to breakout of the 9-to-5 grind? To bid adieu to traffic and stale office coffee?
Yeah, Im right there with you. Theres one thing, though, that tends to help us muddle through workweek monotony: a paycheck. Of course, wed all like to see a few more zeros on it, but its something.
Complaining about the annoyances of your job isadmittedly a littleself-indulgent, but its important to realize youre lucky to even have a job to complain about.
If youve never experienced being out of work, it can be difficult to know how to help someone who is going through that, but there are still plenty of ways to be there for her.
1. Ask how shes doing and really listen.
This is much more than a breakup or a ghosting Tinder date. Your friend is probably distraught and truly worried about herfuture. Showing you really care about how shes feeling is going to go a long way for her.
Let her yell or cry about how unfair it all is without judgment. She needs to let it out. You dont even need to have an answer beyond a hug and aglass (or maybe a bottle) of red. But beware, she may not be ready to talk about it. Thats when you move on to number two.
2. Respect hernot wanting to talk about it.
Perhaps your friend is the type that doesnt find solace in crying it out. Maybe its too soon and all the unanswered questions are a little too scary for her right now. You dont have the answers and shes not looking for themthats fine.
Talk about something else, but just make sure she knows that when shes ready to move on from Kardashian and Blac Chyna drama to start talking about her feelings, youre ready and waiting.
3. Constantlytelling herto stay positive isnt really what shewants to hear.
Maintaining an optimistic outlook is nice, but it can be grating when youre just feeling awful. Instead ofsporting a creepy perma-grin around her, try another tactic.
Have her join you for a sweat session preferably outdoors if the weather permits. This way, she can workout some aggression and get some natural feel-good endorphins. As Elle Woods put it, Endorphins make you happy, and happy people just dont kill their husbands!
4. Take herout to have fun and pick up the tab (or at least most of it).
An all-out rager isnt mandatory, but it is totally acceptable. Make sure to tailor the night to herpreferences. If shes not a big drinker, maybe bowling and cheesy fries are the answer. Does she have some serious sports loyalties? Snag some seats for her favorite teams next home game! A spa day could also hit the spot.
And when it comes to picking up the tab, you dont have to get too extravagant. Take a look at your budget and see what you can swing.
Its all about cheering her up, and I can guarantee that shell be touched that you even took the time to plan something for her.
5. Send some cool job postings herway, but dont be overbearing.
Unless youre in a position to hire them directly, youll most likely just be getting on their nerves. Chances are, most of their day is consumed with job searching. Casually forwarding every post you see as though its so easy to find them will not be greatly appreciated.
But if you do come across something that seems like a perfect fit for her, be sure to let herknow in a way that makes herexcited about the possibility. Job-searching is the total pits, so be sure to send along the most recent Carpool Karaoke clip, too.
6. Realize that shell have to cut back on spending, and plan some budget-friendly nights.
Pinterest will be your best friend in this endeavor. Try out some new recipes at home instead of shelling out for a$14 edamame appetizer. Try out some DIY to make her apartment the envy of any Restoration Hardware catalog. Get creative and have fun.
Plus, youll be saving cash too possibly enough to later spend on a celebratory girls trip once shes employed again.
7. Just be there as a friend as sherides out this tough time.
This one needs no explaining. But youre a ride or die, so I know youve got this one on lock.
This is a tough time, and its going to take awhile to get through it. Now that youre armed with a few tips, youll be ready to help your pal and maybe even strengthen your friendship along the way!
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