We all have moments of feeling down, that doesn’t stand for us giving up on life. So if you recognize that your spouse is doing so, it’s important to take action. Here’s what you can do to help support your partner and guide them back to a positive headspace.

Be Present

It’s easy to give unwanted advice in an attempt to implement quick solutions to a problem that’s not easily solved. But the best thing you can do when your spouse is feeling down is to just be there. Listen to them and validate how they’re feeling. Being heard and acknowledged is one of the best things to help someone with underlying issues.

Encourage Self-Care

Self-care is essential to conquering any mental health issue. Encourage your spouse to do whatever they need to do to make themselves feel better—which may or may not be what you’d do in their position. Make sure they’re eating nutritious foods, exercising, and meditating. And if they are in need of professional help—whether it’s therapy, medication, yoga, holistic treatments, etc.—encourage them to pursue whatever avenue feels right for them.

Initiate Time for Fun

When someone is giving up on life, it’s important to make time for joy. Try to come up with fun activities that can get your partner’s mind out of the funk and into a happier headspace. Here are a few ideas you can use:

  • Time outdoors—enjoy nature or wander around at a local park
  • Discover something new—whether it’s a new cuisine or a new hobby
  • Hang out with friends—go out with friends or plan a movie night at home
  • Play board games—games like Scrabble, Monopoly, and Operation provide a good distraction

Give Positive Affirmations

Depression and anxiety can lead to thoughts of aloneness and insignificance. Remind your partner that they matter by giving them positive affirmations. Tell them that you care about them, and that your love is unconditional. Give them words of encouragement such as “you’re doing great, keep going” and “you can do this”.

Show Compassion & Patience

Depression and anxiety can take time to overcome, and it’s important that you show compassion and patience towards your spouse. Know that it will take time and will require both of you to understand each other and learn how to support one another. That way, you can work together to get your spouse back on track and looking forward to life once again.

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