As humans, we depend on each other, and one of the most beautiful and meaningful gifts we can receive from those we love and care about is moral support.
Everything you need to know about Moral Support
- Difference Between Moral Support and Emotional Support
- Connection Between Moral Support and Depression
- How to give moral support to anyone?
- How moral support can be as meaningful as material support?
- How to know if someone needs moral support?
- Giving moral support to anyone with depression and anxiety
So what really is moral support?
Moral support is intangible as well as indirect support; it is support for the actions and principles of what someone is doing. It is also an act of helping someone by giving love, support, and encouragement, letting them know someone cares about them.
When giving moral support, you are not able to help a person physically or directly, but you believe that they are doing the right thing. You support their actions, advocate for them, and help encourage them in whatever crisis or unhealthy state of being they are in. And this tells people that they matter. It gives people extra confidence and motivation – when confidence is brightened, a sense of hope returns, and morale increases. Even a “is everything fine” question does a lot
Moral support isn’t limited to words of encouragement only. Giving moral support can be triggered simply by believing in the work of a person, group, or positive cause. You can then offer support by standing with them, speaking up and advocating up for them – speaking up for someone is a way of saying you believe that they are doing the right thing.
Moral support shouldn’t be confused for emotional support. Many times, we think we are giving moral support, whereas what we are providing is emotional support. True, the line between ethical and emotional support is hard to draw, offering moral support is a way of showing you are sympathetic to another person’s situation, whereas emotional support is a more intimate way of showing sympathy towards another person’s feelings; it’s not usually shared outside one’s close and loving circle.
Life comes with the ups and downs, and as we go through it, we want people who understand us and can be depended on. For many, their most significant source of motivation comes from other people, and I guess you must have heard this phrase often “my support system.” Moral support and other forms of social support forms a core of what we all need in our support system. Moral support can come from family, friends, colleagues, clergy, neighbors, and sometimes strangers.
How do you give moral support?
You may feel you have limitations when it comes to providing moral or any type of support, but simply showing kindness and respect will be a boost a friend, family, or colleague needs to move forward. So if you are lost on how to provide moral support, simply follow these tips:
- It all begins with letting the person know you are there and can be depended on.
- When you get into a conversation with them, do not interrupt, pry, or try to force them to open up, simply listen, and make eye contact.
- Many times, people won’t come to you for help (especially strangers), but it doesn’t mean they do not need help. You can approach them politely and ask if anything is the problem, they may ask, “why do you ask?” or they may be rude “it’s none of your business.” If they reject your help, don’t force it, leave as requested, and if they accept your help, let them know you care about them.
- Always pay attention to the cues a person gives when you offer your help. They may need your advice or suggestion, or they may not.
- It essential you check in regularly with friends, family, and colleagues, especially those who you think are going through tough times. A phone call and a familiar voice at the other end of the line still goes a long way to provide some moral support.
- Be mindful of what you say, don’t come off as being rude or uncaring. Make every word count by being aware.
Giving and receiving support can be said to be a basic human need. It creates a feeling of acceptance and worthiness that will last a lifetime. The feeling of security created simply by the knowledge that someone is there encouraging you, believing in you, and understanding you can be the sole stabilizing factor in the midst of hardship.