(ThySistas.com) It can be incredibly difficult to know when someone in your life needs help. After all, most of the people in your life are going to be fully grown adults who are more than capable of taking care of themselves. However, it’s all too common to reach that stage where you start to become genuinely concerned about someone wellbeing. Here are a few things to look out for as warning signs that you should be worried about someone that you love.
Have they started behaving differently recently? Perhaps you’ve noticed them engaging in strange or self-destructive behavior? Maybe they’ve started saying things that seem strange or confusing
Or perhaps, instead of behaving erratically, they’ve simply started pulling away from you. Of course, sometimes friendships grow apart, that’s not necessarily a sign that something’s wrong. After all, life and work often tend to get in the way a lot of the time when you’re an adult. But if someone you care about seems to be distancing themselves from everyone in their life then that could be a sign of something more serious. Try to reach out to them and let them know that you’re there if they have anything that they want to talk about. Try not to put too much pressure on them since that can often drive them even further away.
Spending time with people that they shouldn’t
It’s not always easy when someone you love starts spending more time with other people, but that’s often just a natural part of life. You meet new people and strike up new relationships all the time. However, sometimes that feeling is less about jealousy and more about a fear that the people that your friend is spending more time with are a bad influence. Perhaps they seem to be falling into the trap of a dangerous lifestyle, or maybe they’re doing things that they shouldn’t. If that’s the case, then it might be worth confronting them or speaking to other people in their life so that you can try to help them distance themselves from people who could be a bad influence on them.
It can often feel rather paralyzing when someone that you love seems to be headed down a dark path. However, it’s important that you don’t try and control them or force them to do anything. It’s your job to be there for them and to try and guide them towards the help that they need. And don’t forget that, if the situation is taking a serious toll on you, it’s okay if you need to step back and take care of yourself for a while.
Staff Writer; Paula Carter