How to Help Someone Who's Injured and Being Negative
- So you want to help someone who emphasizes on negative outlooks rather than positive ones.
In order to help someone who has a negative mentality, we must first understand the causes for this. They could stem from many factors, such as feelings of negativity and hopelessness, expectations of failure and self-defeatism, or even upbringing.
No two people will have exactly the same set of causes so it is impossible to prescribe exact solutions.
Keep in mind that going through an injury and having one's life suddenly altered can be stressful.
Find the roots
The way to help someone who is being negative is not by trying to change their mind, because ultimately, no one can control how another person feels. Instead, you should try to understand where the other person is coming from and why they feel this way.
What thoughts are troubling them?
Is it a tangible issue? How can it be resolved or relieved?
Everyone's situation is different, so the reasons will vary.
Then, make sure you are being positive. Be optimistic and always use positive language—within reason, it's possible to have toxic positivity.
Here's a very helpful guide on, "saying this, not that."
If we can determine the root of these causes, we could come up with strategies to help people with a negative mentality. However, it's important not to give too much advice and make them feel judged or criticized for their negativity.
It's also important to remember that the negative mentality is a symptom of something else. We must not be too quick to blame and say, "you have a bad mindset", but instead try to get them talking about what they're thinking.
How to help
They may have a reason for being negative that you aren't aware of. If you can understand where they are coming from, it will be easier to work with them and try to come up with solutions.
Ask them how they are feeling, listen, and validate their feelings.
Then ask them about their feelings and why they feel so emotional or negative. It's often that people just need someone else who can understand what is going or simply feel heard and understood. Try to be non-judgemental and just curious about the specifics of their situation.
Ask them about what they think will cheer them up, and I'd offer help with that too - if you're feeling sad, for example, then having fun sounds like the best way to improve your mood. If someone is angry, then it might be a good idea to find something which can calm them down.
It's often a good idea to find something else for them to do or think about rather than their negative feelings.
What are some activities they enjoy, movies they like watching, do they like board games, is there something they've been wanting to try. Trying new things is a great way to help them get their minds off how they are feeling.
Improving their day-to-day
Sometimes, finding ways to make an injured person's life easier goes a long way to relieve their stress.
For example, if their foot injury has them using crutches, using a knee scooter would make their life easier tenfold. It will help them move around with so much ease. But it can also enable them to do things on their own and be independent again.
Related: What You Should Know Before You Get a Knee Scooter
If bathing difficult for them, perhaps outfitting their bath with simple but very useful accessories can make their routine safe and more enjoyable again.
One last thing to remember
You can't fix their problem. They have to do it on their own. You can only help them to help themselves. The reasons why people behave negatively are vast and complex and will be different for each person.
Always remember, you can help them (and yourself) by always being a source of positive influence.
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