It isn’t always that easy to find words of comfort for a friend or a family who is going through his rough time. The fear of saying the wrong words, or speaking at the wrong time, makes you feel unsure and hesitant to be expressive of what you truly meant to say. But don’t let this dissuade you—your love and care doesn’t have to be profoundly written and well-rehearsed.
When you are at loss of words, you may try to express these statements that someone who is depressed might find very helpful to hear.
These two simple words are strong enough to communicate your love for them. Surprise them with a hug or a pat on the back can send a message across that they matter.
“I’m Here for You”
A common feeling of those who have depression is that they have been left and they are alone in this world. Let them know they aren’t, make them feel that they can count on you.
“Your Life Makes a Difference”
Remind him of his value and worth, and the memories you both have shared together. This is a great way, even by little by little, to encourage them that life could get better.
“It’s OK to Feel This Way”
One thing that this can teach you, too, is that everyone has his own road to tread, his own time to manage.
So never judge. Healing doesn’t come around in a single day. Let them take their time, reassure them that you will always be there by their side despite the circumstances.
“You Aren’t Weak”
Those who are coping with depression tend to feel weak or that there is something wrong with them. Depression may be seen as an illness to others, but those who live with it feel that it’s a character flaw.
Reassure your friend or your relative that depression really is an illness caused by a biochemical imbalance in the brain, and it does not mean that he is weak. In fact, it takes a great deal of strength to fight back, so he is probably much stronger than the average person.
Depression is a serious matter. It takes work to get out of it, but it is so worth the effort. Feeling some joy when you’ve been down is really a breath of fresh air. So help them out. Be there when they need a helping hand, a shoulder to lean on to, or someone to listen to when they talk. And make sure to always remind them that they matter.
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