Depression can be one of the hardest battles you or your loved one goes through. Although many of our injuries appear more visible, depression can be a dragon that is often fought in the shadows of one’s mind. For those who are waging this war, it can be draining, discouraging and a downright helpless feeling. If you are in a relationship with someone who is fighting the battle of depression, you may be one of the best things they will ever need to overcome their depression.
For the 1 in 10 Americans who suffer from depression, it may feel like a battle. Inasmuch as someone can cope with depression, be it seasonal or chronic, there is hope for you and your family. If you are unsure whether your partner is struggling with depression, check out this article from webMd.
The national institute of mental health estimates that over 21 million adults have suffered from a major bout of depression in their lives. This can stem from seasonal (fall – winter) or more frequent depression. For whatever reason, many people feel like they are all alone in their battle with depression. How much more impact would be if you were able to help them navigate through it and overcome those moments. As you consider ways you or someone you love can cope and even heal from depression, here are a few places to start.
Ask Helpful Questions
While it may be tempting to unload on your partner all your feelings, it can be overwhelming to navigate someone else’s emotions when overcoming a bout of depression. Go back to the basics with your partner and practice attention, intentional talking, and listening. This will help create a healthy conversational flow and increase understanding for both of you.
Know Your Limits
For many, admitting you are maxed out may be a big feat. Very often, people who are focused on caring for their depressed partner put all the pressure on themselves. This common mistake will lead to further frustration and challenges between the relationship. But it is challenging to manage one’s own limitations if you are focused on “fixing” your loved ones depression.
Make Your Own Heath a Priority
When caring for another, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. In fact, learning when you are burned out is an essential part of helping your loved one’s depression as well. When you are depleted spiritually, physically or emotionally you are unable to help others out. In contrast, taking steps to create your own healthy routines can create a new cycle in your life and make time with others better and allow you to help them navigate their own emotions.
Do Things For You
It is critical to do things for yourself. In fact, spending a few minutes a day meditating, relaxing or creating your own healthy release is one of the best ways you can help your loved one battling depression. Even just a few minutes doing what you love, be it gardening, exercising, playing a game, reading, etc. When you are heathy and whole, you are more able to serve others.