"Are you okay?"
That was a question that surprisingly took me off guard. I can’t even remember the last time someone said that out loud. Of course I have friends online, and I know they do care for me, but hearing it out loud was almost shocking to me.
I said, “Oh I’m okay. Just tired.” I wasn’t okay but at that point I was at least better. I felt better because I was completely unaware that someone at work would ever notice a change I didn’t even notice myself.
It was a really simple question that I wasn’t even honest about, but it was surprisingly comforting. It was really nice. It makes me think I should try asking that more often.