How to take care of a friend going through a transitional period.
June 22, 2010 12:43 PM Subscribe
A good friend of mine is moving from their hometown in the east coast into a house with me and a couple of my friends in the west coast. We knew each other in undergrad and I made the move out 2yrs before earlier than her. This will be the first time she’ll be living this far from her hometown and as expected, she’s anxious, nervous, stressed about the whole move.
posted by Wanderer7 to Human Relations (5 answers total)
The catalyst for her move was realizing she needs some personal growth in her life and it needs to be away from friends/family. The decision has been made and there’s no turning back. Her tentative schedule is to try it out for a year and if all goes well, maybe stay longer. I’m her closest friend out here but she’s worried she doesn’t have a real support system out here. This is a transitional phase and there's always the fear of uncertainty and leaving everything you've ever known.
Aside from being available for her and being sensitive to her situation. What proactive things can I do to reassure her and calm her anxieties? Things to say, quote (ie commencement speeches), gift ideas, surprising her with something? Please feel free to share your personal experiences and ideas.