Sometimes, all one really needs is a hug. No words, no judgement, no unsolicited opinions, just a hug.
Everyone has those days, where things go wrong or we just feel down. We can’t always explain it, but we are low in spirit. Many times our friends or family will ask what is wrong and we are unable to articulate why we feel the way we do. This just brings on additional stress. What we are most in need of is for someone to put their arms around us and give us a hug. Let us cry if we need to and just hold on.
You may not always understand what another person is going through but one thing you can do is be compassionate. Sit and listen when needed, offer advice when asked, if you can, and be okay with just sitting quietly if all they need is another person to be by their side.
Don’t be afraid to put your arm around someone so they know that they are not alone. One thing I would offer though, is if the person is on the edge of tears, ask if it is okay for you to hug them. Sometimes a hug puts the person over the edge and they will break down. That is okay if they need to cry, but if they are really trying to hold it together they may say not right now. That is okay too. Let them know you are there and the offer of a hug stands whenever they are ready or need it.
You are your best compass for gaging if someone needs a hug or not. You know when you are sad, or upset and could use a hug. You know the signs, all you need to do is to look for those in others and be aware.
If you need a hug, it’s okay to ask for one too. We all could use one now and then. It is not a sign of weakness to need comfort from another. That is what love is all about. Everyone at some point or another just needs a hug. Why? Well, it’s simple really, sometimes all you need is a hug.