Tips to Comfort Some Close to You Struggling with Depression
Depression is something that can affect all of us at any point in our lives. It’s important to recognize that something traumatic doesn’t have to happen in order for depression to be triggered – it can be a series of minor events that impact the way someone is thinking and feeling. If someone close to you is struggling with depression, here are some suggestions on how to help.
Gently tell them you’re concerned
It can be hard to approach the subject of depression, especially if he or she has not admitted it to themselves. If you’re worried about something, tell them that you’ve noticed they seem to be having a hard time. They may feel relieved to know that someone cares.
Avoid belittling their feelings
Never tell someone with depression to ‘snap out of it’ or ‘look on the bright side’ as it may make them push you and others further away. Instead, try to be compassionate, invite them to talk about their feelings, and avoid passing judgment.
Offer healthy solutions
Depressed adults are less likely to eat healthily or get outside to exercise. They may also turn to drink or drugs to help them get through. Instead of encouraging this, try to suggest healthy activities such as going for a walk or cooking a healthy meal together.
Encourage them to seek help
If your loved one hasn’t talked to anyone else about their mental state, encourage them to seek help. Their doctor could refer them to a professional or suggest practical and efficient solutions. Seeking help is important, especially if their depression seems long-lasting.
We hope that these tips help. For all of your personal and commercial insurance needs, contact the team at Kneller Agency today.
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