If you are living with a partner who’s battling depression, then you know things can be a little more difficult if you’re unsure of how to act or what to say, if your partner is having a bad day. When it comes to depression, you’ll need to have some patience, but you’ll also need to be supportive, communicative, and loving. Here are the Top 5 Ways To Support Your Partner Battling Depression.
Give Them Space
I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘I need space’ many times in your life. But what does it actually mean? To ‘Give Someone Space’ means to let them be on their own for a little bit of time or a long period. This doesn’t always mean that you’re not around them, but it does mean that you need to respect their personal space, and just let the person be until they’re ready to interact with you. It’s best to ask questions and clarify the boundaries that your partner wants and needs.
When your partner is feeling strong, sit down and talk about how to maneuver with each other when days aren’t as bright as this one. Figure out how to interpret their actions and feelings on a day when they’re down. This type of preparation will help you with your own coping skills, and so you won’t take things as personally.
Don’t Take Things Personally
When your partner is depressed, they might not want to talk or be touched. Try not to take this type of behavior personally. It’s not a loss of interest in your relationship, it’s depression, and affirming your love for your partner will only make it stronger during these periods.
If you can afford to go to couples therapy, it should be encouraged. Just in case there is a communication breakdown, having the third impartial person there as a buffer can only help communication in a healthy way. The last thing you want is resentment festering over long periods of time.
A person battling depression might feel damaged, so loving them unconditionally goes a long way for their long-term mental health. That doesn’t mean smothering them with your love, but just being a good listener and shoulder is a significant act in unto itself.
If you or a loved one you know is showing signs of a Mental Health Disorder, whether it be Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Scizophrenia, Addiction, Body Dysmorphia etc., or maybe you just need someone to talk to, please do get the help you need. If you feel like you need to talk to someone right now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
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