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HOW ARE YOU TODAY?

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Checking in can make all the difference.

HOW ARE YOU TODAY? is a collaboration by Samaritans of Singapore and The Mindful Company that aims to encourage life-changing conversations and raise awareness about the importance of checking in with someone having a rough time.

1. Prep

- In the right headspace? Ask yourself: Am I prepared to genuinely listen? Do I accept that they may not want to talk? It's OK if you're not ready. Think of someone else who could help. No moment is "Perfect"; just find a comfortable time and relatively private place.

2. Ask "How are you today?"

- Cool fact: This helps someone focus on just one day so things seem less overwhelming to talk about.

3. Don't force someone to talk if they don't want to

- Instead, say, "I'm here for you if you want to chat. I won't judge." Gently check in another time.

4. Make them feel heard

- Acknowledge that things seem tough

- Accept their feelings without judgement (even if you don't understand)

- Don't interrupt or give advice (unless they ask for it)

- Make eye contact and nod (it reduces stress)

- Ask questions gently (use "what" and "how" rather than "why")

- Repeat what you've heard and ask, "Is that what you mean?"

- Avoid silver linings like "everything happens for a reason"

5. Encourage action

- "What helped you feel better in such situations before?"

- "You're not alone in this. How can I help?"

6. Check in

- It can be scary opening up to someone. Reassure them by saying, "I've been thinking of you. How've you been since we last chatted?"

Many Thanks to Our Key Partners


The Mindful Company



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