Encouragement Messages: What to Write in an Encouragement Card

What to Write in an Encouragement Card

50 Thinking of You at This Difficult Time Messages and Quotes

#2 I am devastated for you and am really concerned. Please breathe and believe that life will get better. You can survive this. I might not have the right words to say, but I am here whenever you want to talk about this.

#4 It’s a hard thing that you’re experiencing, and I can’t imagine having to go through what you’re facing. If ever you start feeling dejected, know that I’m thinking of you and rooting for your full bounce back.

#5 I wish I had a pill to take the pain away for you. I can’t imagine how overwhelmed and exhausted you must feel. No matter what time of the day or night, if you need me, please call me.

#6 I can’t even begin to imagine the heartbreak that you’re feeling right now and wouldn’t insult you by saying I can relate. But I wanted to let you know, for what it’s worth, I’m thinking of you, and my heart weeps with you.

#7 Some of the strongest and most well-known heroes faced overwhelming odds, failed at times, but eventually conquered their obstacles. While thinking of you, I wanted you to know – now is your time to rise and conquer.

#9 I am thinking of you through your tremendous loss. Though you’ll never forget and never get over the pain, there is another day ahead, and the healing process of time will do its work.

#10 I’ve been thinking of you and your struggles. It might feel like your troubles won’t end right now. But when you get to the other side of this, you’ll be stronger, wiser, and better prepared for other bumps in life.

#12 I know how hard you’ve worked, and now think that everything has slipped away. While thinking of you, it occurred to me that the longer you hold on to what’s past, the less of a chance you’ll be able to clutch better things headed your way. It will get better. And in the meantime, I am here to lean on.

#14 I’m so sorry times have been hard. You don’t deserve it. Keep your head up when possible, and it’s okay to let yourself feel the pain. I am here if you want to scream or cry or just sit in silence. Some people might say that but know that I really and truly mean it. You are my friend, and this is what friends do for each other.

#15 When you want to fall to your knees, I’ll be there to pick you up. If you need a shoulder to cry on, I’ll be there. Times are tough right now, but there’s hope for brighter days ahead. Until then, I want to help in any way I can. Please let me know if I can come over and visit with you.

#16 I know things are not working out as planned. You are doing everything right, and I am so sorry for how hard things are. My wish for you during this difficult time is that you can lean on friends and family for strength and hope. Please call me whenever you are ready.

#17 Time will help you heal, and in the meantime, Hope to get through this. Hope knows your heart. Hope remembers happy times. Hope has memorized every centimeter of your soul. Hope loves your fighting spirit and believes in your strength. I believe in you, my friend. Believe in Hope.

#19 Know that I am here if you want to talk. I might be able to offer some feedback but can also just listen if that is what you need right now. I am confident that you will make it through this hard season of your life, and I want to be there for you in any way I can.

#20 Time heals all wounds. But until it does, please do your best to take care of yourself. Eat, sleep, get some fresh air, exercise. It may be a while before you start feeling better, so please care for yourself while you survive through this terrible situation. I am here for you.

#21 I am constantly thinking of you these days. I know you are going through so much pain. I want to be there for you to help you find a way forward through this. You are important to me, and I know you would do the same for me, so please call me.

#23 I am so sorry that you are going through this. You are a fighter, and I know you’ll pull through. In the meantime, we all need a little help sometimes, and I know you would be there for me if I ever asked. Friends are there for each other, so please let me be there for you.

#24 Line up your challenges and let this adversity turn you into a stronger warrior tomorrow. Fight this. You are not defeated. This is the beginning. Let me fight beside you, my friend.


Maybe the card itself has already said a lot. Or you don’t want to go on too long and risk writing the wrong thing. Whatever the case, it’s both appropriate and supportive to simply let your recipient know they’re in your thoughts.

Recovery following an injury, surgery, or illness can be slow, painful, and frustrating. Your recipient might feel like life is moving on without them. They may need reminding that you haven’t forgotten them…and that it’s okay to let other things go and focus on getting well.

  • “Be good to yourself. And let others be good to you, too.”
  • “This is what you’re going through, not who you are.”
  • “I hope you are surrounded by people who are good for your spirit.”
  • “You are amazing for facing this with so much courage and hope.”
  • “The most important thing right now is to focus on getting better… everything else can wait.”
  • “Wishing you healing around the next corner.”
  • “You’re doing exactly what you should be doing. Hang in there.”
  • “You’re being so strong—and patient. Keep the faith. Things are going to start looking up soon.”
  • “I know you’re body has definitely felt better, but how are your spirits holding up? I’ll be in touch to see if you want to talk, vent, rant, whatever.”

Addiction Recovery

When someone you care about is struggling with addiction, it can be tempting to give advice. But unless you’ve been there yourself, resist the urge. Instead, keep your written messages focused on caring, support, and belief.

  • “I hope you feel your inner strength building day by day.”
  • “This is tough, but you’re tougher.”
  • “I’m proud of you for walking this road, for doing what’s right for you.”
  • “You’re making a big change, and that’s a really big deal.”
  • “I know what you’re going through is hard, but I’m rooting for you every minute of every day.”
  • “Even when you might not feel it, you’ve got the strength to get through.”
  • “I can’t imagine how you feel. But I can listen when you need to talk.”
  • “Take everything one day at a time. And on the harder days, give me a call.”
  • “I love you no matter what.”
  • “You’re being incredibly brave. I’m proud of you.”
  • “It takes serious courage to get on this path and stay on it. Good on you.”
  • “Stay strong and remember how many people care about you. (I’m one of them!)”

Pro tip: Like many other encouragement situations, addiction recovery is a journey. It takes time, and often, setbacks and renewed attempts. So consider sending multiple cards over time—both out of the blue, and for sobriety milestones or other important dates.



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