7. Plan A Spa Day
It’s no surprise that we’re big fans of the self-care movement (even Japanese snow monkeys are into it). That’s because taking time for yourself can lower anxiety, reduce stress and improve immunity, along with many more mental and physical benefits. So, schedule some services at a local spa and help your friend decompress with a massage or facial. Or create a spa DIY-style with home-made body scrubs and strawberry-cucumber-infused water.
8. Rage Against The Machine
Remember that scene in Office Space where Peter and his cohorts destroy their work nemesis—the malfunctioning fax machine? Well, now you and your friend can do that too. Known commonly as "rage rooms," these spaces allow guests to basically break things like plates, speakers and monitors to alleviate stress. Want a less violent version? Try rage yoga where you forgo the “om” and instead get to yell, scream and curse while you flow through poses. Because sometimes zen has a dark side.
9. Clean Their House
When someone is feeling depressed or going through a difficult period, the simplest tasks can seem impossible to complete. (Think: Cleaning, shopping, doing laundry.) So instead of saying, “if you need anything, let me know,” ask “what can I do?” Or, cut straight to the chase by offering to do a specific thing, like babysit their kids for a night, clean their bathroom or pick up groceries. Although it might not necessarily make them “happy,” it can at least provide some comfort during a trying time, so they don’t feel like they are drowning in to-dos while also dealing with heavy emotions.
10. Do A Girls’ Night (out Or In)
A little makeup and some high heels can go a long way toward improving your BFF’s outlook. So hit up some local hot spots or program your Netflix queue with rom-coms, slather on a face mask and spend the night inside instead. And feel free to invite your buds: Ben and Jerry.