Sometimes when you love someone, there is a moment when you’re gonna have to give them some tough love. Whether it’s your best friend who’s hung up on her ex for far too long or a significant other who needs help kicking a bad habit—chances are you will have to, at some point, roll up your sleeves and dish out some not particularly fun kind of love: tough love.
It’s not easy to be tough on the ones we love. You want to protect your loved ones at all cost, but sometimes you just can’t. Sometimes they have to touch the stove to know it’s hot. It’s also a fine line between knowing when to help and rescue someone and when to instill some tough love. Make sure to take a moment when you’re helping out your loved one and consider if you’re enabling them or helping them because that makes all the difference in the world. Also know when your tough love isn’t enough and your loved one needs help of a professional. Drug addictions cannot be kicked with just tough love alone.
Know that being strong enough to help someone you love in their time of need is an admirable trait. Being selfless and compassionate are great qualities to have in any relationship. Just remember that when the time comes for tough love to do it with an air of understanding and not of judgment. It could be the kindest thing you’ll ever do for your loved one.