Happy Christmas Eve, guys!
Today’s blogmas post is for everyone whose loved one is dealing with mental health issues. The love and support play a huge role in getting better. So here is a list of things you can do to help them in getting better.
Be their vent partner, just listen to the things they want to talk about. You don’t have to give them advice, just help them get things off their chest. Be someone they can talk about anything to, be present but don’t overcrowd their personal space.
Call or text them at random hours reminding you are there. People need assurances at random hours and we with mental health struggles need them more than anyone else. Because our brain convinces us that nobody cares, nothing matters and other such things.
Cook them food. Sometimes people forget to eat and they lose count of the amount of breakfast, lunch and dinners they missed. Feed them good food, make sure they don’t miss any meal.
Help them get out of bed. Force them to get up, never let them stay in bed for a complete day. They might throw a tantrum and get mad at you but they will appreciate what you did for them.
Take them out for anything, just take them out. Take them out for a walk, a party, a date, anything at all. Just don’t let them stay cooped up inside the home for too long.
Give them hugs, a lot of them. Who doesn’t like hugs? Even Olaf likes them. Also, there are many studies which show that human contact makes us feel better. Hugs make us believe that everything is going to be okay.
Go hiking with them. As you know walking is the best form of exercise to clear head. Walking with someone is even better.
Help them clean their space. Messy living space can add to the miseries, it helps if the plants are watered, curtains are opened and home is organised.
Give them assurances, be involved. Make them believe that everything is going to be okay. Whenever they ask if something is wrong with them, help them understand it’s normal, nothing is wrong.
Be vigilant to self-harm. Sometimes people get too overwhelmed with the things they have been going through, they start believing that harming themselves or ending life is the only way out. Keep an eye on them.
If self-harm still happens to help them get rid of the guilt. You cannot be present all the time, it’s understandable. If you could not prevent them from harming themselves, help them understand that it’s okay. The guilt after a self-harm attempt is so consuming that it could trigger another such episode. Just make sure they are not guilt-ridden.
Watch movies with them. Watching movies with someone is ten times better than watching it alone, you get to share popcorns, diss about the character you hate and root for your favourite character, together!
Avoid treating them like glass. Nobody likes being treated like fine china, period.
Give them love. Love is all we need in this world. Love can treat anything, I know I sound like a Hallmark movie, but, it is true. Having people, who love you no matter what is a great addition in the journey of getting better.
These are the various ways you can show your love to someone with mental health issues.
Hope you have good mental health!
Thanks for reading.