Yesterday was international R U OK day, which was to bring attention to the importance of Suicide prevention. https://www.ruok.org.au
This has actually made me stop and think about the people that are around me, and what they are going through. We often get so tied up in our own lives that we fail to see someone close by a work colleague, a fellow student, a friend, or a family member that may actually be struggling, perhaps not with thoughts of suicide but perhaps they are troubled, stressed having feelings of anxiety or confused about something.
If you have noticed that a person’s mood has changed, maybe they have become insular, or appear to be distracted and not talking. Please take the time to lend an ear and ask hey are you ok? Often a problem shared is a problem solved. Please don’t be the person that tells them to get over it, and don’t be annoyed or frustrated if the person does not want to share what is wrong. Just be the person that says hey are you ok? If you need someone to talk to I am here to listen.
We are often so quick to ignore or judge people and often take the stance of just leave them be. But if whatever it is that is bothering them is enough to change the way that they behave, or interact with you then for me it’s enough to think, this is not normal for this person and question or ask hey is everything ok?
By being mindful of people that are within our daily lives, not only allows people to know that you care, but it also goes a long way in building community and building a culture of mindfulness. It enables the person that is struggling to feel like they belong and that they matter and opens the door of communication.
Remember each one of us is different and we each have our own ways of dealing with things, but sometimes the world can feel like a monster and by lending an ear and showing you care can make a world of difference to someone’s life.
Namaste me xx