Here on Fully Exposed, we feel it’s our duty to shed light on topics typically kept in the dark, introduce new perspectives, but ultimately educate your ass. With that being said, it would be a major disappointment if we didn’t discuss one of the most taboo subject matter of them all; mental health. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Is this yet another blog post on overcoming mental health stigmas?!” and luckily for you, it isn’t! But if you were thinking that, shame on you for being so weary and insensitive about mental health awareness, there can never be too many blogs on this matter, people!!
Being a Better Support System for Someone With Depression
But let’s get back to the point; although discussing all the ins and outs of mental health are important, it is also just as imperative to educate and uplift those who are avid and close supporters of the ones suffering from a mental illness, more specifically depression.
- Like many sicknesses, depression is one that can become contagious to a certain degree. Sometimes when we spend a lot of our time around a loved one suffering from depression, like being around anyone else, their moods and perspectives can rub off on us. Let it be known that if you are someone who is a close friend, partner, or family member to someone with depression, you are not a bad person for taking your own time to center yourself. Do whatever you need to do to keep a positive headspace. Often times our loved ones with depression may not be aware of how they are affecting the ones around them and so never take shame in the idea of helping yourself before reaching out to help another.
- As great and valuable as your advice may be, sometimes you’re more of a help by listening rather than talking. If you’re lucky to have a loved one who trusts and confides in you enough to be vocal and vulnerable about their thoughts and feelings, treasure and appreciate that. Being vulnerable is hard for most of us, especially when we feel our thoughts are a little darker or cloudier than those around us. To be a great support system you must learn to exercise not only your voice but your ears. A major symptom of depression are feelings of loneliness and being misunderstood. It’s time you stop being your loved one’s personal self-help book and just be an open ear. The most therapeutic methods of overcoming depression or conflict are made simply by speaking your mind.
- Understand that everyone works and excels at their own pace; respect that pace. As frustrating as it is to watch someone’s slow mental turmoil, hitting rock bottom isn’t always the worst thing. The bright side about hitting rock bottom is that there’s nowhere to go but up. Sure, it’s ok to do things that you feel will cheer up your loved one or motivate them to get better but you must also be aware that there may not be one clear answer to resolving their depression. Being a friend to someone with depression requires the ultimate level of patience because you must leave it up to the person struggling to get themselves out of the rut. We’d be lying to you if this wasn’t one of the hardest things to endure when being a support system but it is also the most rewarding when you get to watch someone pull themselves from the dark and into the light all on their own. Trust that they are enough to do so, and with your constant encouragement, they will get through it.
Being a friend to someone with depression is definitely not easy but it is worth it to help another human reach their full potential. Being kind, caring, and patient to those who are suffering is a purpose all fellow inhabitants of this we are meant to fulfill. We hope these tips help you and your loved one get closer to seeing brighter days.
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