Voice your concern.
Expressing your concern to someone who may be struggling with depression not only may help them feel supported, but can also help you feel like you have some control over the situation as well. Sometimes we feel helpless in situations when we have little control. Talking about your fears and worries can help you process and move forward knowing that you’ve done your best to express your distress and the rest is up to the person to make healthy choices for themselves.
Being supportive can mean a lot of different things to different people. What may feel like support to you, may feel pushy or pressure to someone else. For this reason, its critical you ask the person what you can do to help them through this difficult time and then respect their wishes once they share them with you.
Feeling blue or “out of sorts” can lead a person to behave in a dysfunctional way, compromising their relationships with the people who love them the most. If you constantly put yourself in a position to be let down or to be walked over you may start feeling angry or resentful. Setting limits not only protects you, but also ends the maladaptive behavioral patterns someone who is depressed may engage in. Setting limits prevents you from reinforcing negative behaviors and helping the one feeling depressed to learn new, healthy ways, to cope.
Find someone you can talk to.
Finding a professional to talk to is an important piece to managing a loved one’s depression. Gaining a fresh perspective on the situation is important to address issues with a clear mind and rational approach. We all need support.
Engage in activities you enjoy.
KEEP DOING THE THINGS YOU LOVE. Engaging in pleasurable activities is a behavioral strategy to effectively manage depression. Seeing someone you love stuck in a rut and struggling with simple tasks can be taxing and weigh heavily on your mood as well. It’s important to take preventative measures and take care of yourself. The stronger you are, the healthier you stay, the more beneficial you become to ones who need you the most.