Mental illness among partners is prevalent in relationships. Nearly all relationships experience mental health issues, especially married couples, and with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health effects can be experienced by people everywhere. This mental illness can put a strain on your partnership. One of the easiest ways to deal with your partner’s mental health is to be supportive.
On this World Mental Health Day, let’s learn five other ways to support a partner who’s struggling with mental illness:
Study And Recognize The Symptoms
Educate yourself on depression and recognize the symptoms. Mental health symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, feeling of hopelessness, not feeling hungry etc.
Don’t Blame Yourself
Always remember that the reason your partner is depressed is not because of something you did. It’s normal to feel responsible for your partner, but get over those negative feelings and emotions and help your lover with depression with a positive mindset.
Be There for Your Partner
Talk to your partner about what you have noticed about him or her recently. Offer a hug once in a while, be there for your partner, support them even though they don’t show that they appreciate it. Set little goals for your partner, like completing their pending tasks or helping them with anything.
Encourage Your Partner To Get Help
Make sure you encourage them to get treatment. If needed, help your partner get a good therapist or surround your partner with people who they love like family and friends.
Love Your Partner Deeply
Love your partner regardless of their bad moments. Show them you love them, try little romantic things, get little gifts, don’t do something over the top, though, because they might get irritated quickly. Also, offer hope to your partner, tell them that everything will be alright.