“Are You Okay?” - A Simple Act of Kindness That Can Change Life 

We are living in the most challenging and unprecedented time. Since the COVID-19 hit, you might notice that stress has become a constant state for many people as the pandemic has impacted us in so many ways.

In response to this silent hazard and to support the health and wellbeing of our loved ones, we have a few techniques on how to check-in and relieve the emotional weight of your friends and family members, starting with the simple question, “Are you okay?”

  • What are the signs?
    “I heard that my friend has ended her long relationship with her partner. When should I ask her if she’s okay?”- Well, the best answer is to trust your instinct. If you feel that something is quite unusual with the person you know, such as how they talk, behave, or do, that might be the time to start a conversation.

    The subtle sign of people feeling low can be a change of habit or behaviour. They might be withdrawn, have mood swings, lose interest in what they usually love, lack of concentration, or suffer from sleep problems. Some people might have changed the way they express themselves or communicate. They might become quiet, confused, lack self-esteem, or have mentioned their concerns and burdens.

    Also, you might have heard about their change of circumstance. For example, they might have lost someone or something dearly, or they might have a significant health issue. Are they facing financial difficulty? Do they have family or relationship problems? One of these circumstances might be the right reason to ask, “Are you okay?”
  • What are the signs?
    We can make a difference in the lives of struggling people by having a meaningful conversation about the ups and downs of life. Before starting a chat, please be aware and prepare yourself. The list below can give you some tips on how to do this.
    • Make sure that you are in the right headspace to listen to their problems without judgement.
    • Pick the right place that is private and comfortable enough to talk, for example, when you’re having a meal together or travelling together.
    • Have time for a long, deep conversation.
    • Understand that you can’t “fix” someone else’s problems.
    • Accept that they might not want to talk about their problems.
  • The Meaningful Conversation
    Now it’s time to talk! There are three golden mantras that you can keep in mind while making a meaningful conversation with those trapped in trouble. 1.) Listen with an open mind, 2.) Acknowledge their feelings, and 3.) Encourage action.

    Start the conversation with a friendly and relaxed tone by asking, “What’s been happening?”. You might help your friend to open the conversation by mentioning the specific thing that raised your concern, such as, “You seem a bit quiet and withdrawn these days, is everything okay?”

    Once your friend starts talking about their troubles, allow them to speak at their own pace without rushing them or interrupting. Listen to their stories without judgement and acknowledge their feelings by saying, “I understand, it must be hard,” or “How long have you been feeling this way?”. Show that you have listened by paraphrasing the story in your own words and asking them if you understand it correctly.

    Apart from listening and understanding, encouraging action also plays a crucial part in helping struggling people as it may shed light on solutions to their dark tunnel.  You may ask your peer a question like, “Is there anything that I can do to support you?” or “What’s something that you would like to do now? Something that you would find enjoyable?” In some cases, sharing your own experiences about a similar situation might be helpful. For example, “When I was going through this difficult time, I tried this… You might find it useful too.”
    Besides, if your peer has been very low or tackling their gloomy difficulties for more than two weeks, you might encourage them to get professional health support by saying, “I think it might be useful to connect with a professional who can support you. I’m happy to assist you in finding the right person to talk to if you like.”    
  • Check-In
    During the conversation, you might offer to check in or arrange a future catch-up by asking them to suggest the date and time that is best for them. When you meet up again, you might ask your peer how they’re feeling and if they’ve found a way to manage their situation. You might say, “I’ve been thinking of you and wondering how you’ve been going since we’ve last chatted.” Please understand that it might take a longer time for some people to feel ready to see a health professional, and some people might just need someone to listen to them. Don’t pressure them. Remind them that you’re always there if they need a chat or someone to listen. Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.

    Source: www.ruok.org.au www.helpline.org.au www.thriveglobal.com www.duffthepsych.com
construction update

Construction progress as of September 2021: 58.88 % Overall.

Structural Work: 89.45% Overall Completion.

Architectural Work: 47.67% Overall Completion.

MEP Work: 51.75% Overall Completion.

Façade Work : 49.18% Overall Completion.

Interior Work: 44.84% Overall Completion.

External Work: 11.35% Overall Completion.

Lift Work: 9.83% Overall Completion.

TAIT Sathorn 12

Construction progress as of September 2021

Structural Work: 45.79% Overall Completion.

one city centre

Construction progress as of September 2021: 50.52% Overall.

Structure Work: 82.09% Overall completion.

Architect Work: 13.64% Overall completion.

M&E Work: 22.09% Overall completion.

EE&com: 27.92% Overall completion.

Façade Work: 33.10% Overall completion.

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