As we go through life, setbacks and struggles are an inevitable part of our journey.
Luckily, we don’t need to get through life on our own, and we don’t have to let anyone else get through those tricky times alone either!
Sometimes, a little bit of encouragement is exactly what someone needs to push them past those tough days, to keep pursuing their goals and dreams.
We can show others our support by writing them a thoughtful message, or sending a smile in an encouragement card, no matter what they might be trying to get through.
You may be in a situation where you want to reach out but aren’t sure what to say. In this article, we have put together some suggestions to help you express how you really feel in a personal message to go inside an encouragement card, depending on the situation.
Starting a new job, daunting final exam, delivering an important presentation, embarking on a new business venture… A little bit of cheer might be what your recipient needs to help them calm their nerves.
PRO TIP: Think about what your recipient needs to hear, do they believe in luck or will self-belief be more motivating?
In some situations, actions mean more than words - maybe the card itself expresses your thoughts perfectly, or you don’t want to say the wrong thing. Whatever the reason, it’s totally okay to show the recipient that you’re there for them when they need you, with a simple gesture.
PRO TIP: These kinds of short, thinking-of-you style messages are also a great way to follow up an initial encouragement card.
Suffering from an injury, undergoing surgery, or battling an illness of any kind, is difficult and recovery can be slow, painful, and frustrating. Anyone in this situation may feel like life is racing by without them.
You can remind them that focusing on getting themselves better is the most important thing they can do, and life will be waiting for them once they are back to full health.
PRO TIP: It can be hard to relate to someone who is feeling disheartened during a long recovery. Whether they need time alone or a hand to hold, be an active listener, and take the time to understand what they need from you.
Challenges one might face aren’t always visible on the outside. Encouragement to someone experiencing mental health challenges may help the person feel heard, appreciated, and cared for so that they know that they don’t have to face the world alone.
PRO TIP: If you’re not sure if a loved one will be up for visitors, grab a pen and reach out with a few encouraging words. It is the next best way to let someone know you’re there for them.
Finishing university, quitting a job, breaking off a relationship, or moving out on your own.
These are occasions that are often downplayed but can change the trajectory of one’s life and open a world full of opportunities. Because these things take a huge amount of bravery and self-determination, a little bit of extra encouragement can go a long way.
PRO TIP: While it may seem like just a part of life for some, others might feel anxious about what lies ahead. When sending this kind of note of encouragement to your recipient, acknowledge their challenges but focus your message on hope for their future.
It’s not always easy to see the bright side of things when times are tough, stressful, or in a transition. Sometimes, a word of encouragement through a smile and a laugh is the best motivation.
PRO TIP: Adding home-baked goods, a flower, or a sentimental photo can be a meaningful addition to take the impact of your light-hearted message to the next level.
Setbacks and challenges face children and teens as they grow and progress quickly through different stages of life. In tricky or stressful situations, love and encouragement from the adults they trust can mean the world to any child or teen.