Show genuine interest and listen attentively to their thoughts and feelings. By validating their emotions, you create a safe space for them to open up and share their struggles.
Emphasise the importance of self-care activities such as getting enough sleep, eating well-balanced meals, engaging in regular exercise, and practising relaxation techniques. Encourage them to make small, achievable goals in these areas.
Assisting a person in setting attainable goals that align with their current abilities is crucial. By breaking down larger objectives into smaller, more manageable steps, we can enhance their achievability and alleviate feelings of being overwhelmed.
No matter how small the victory may be, it is important to celebrate and acknowledge the person’s accomplishments. This positive reinforcement helps the person build confidence and regain motivation.
Motivate the person to participate in social activities, even if it's in small doses. Social interaction can help alleviate feelings of isolation and provide a sense of belonging.
Help the person re-engage with activities they used to enjoy or explore new hobbies. Engaging in pleasurable activities can boost mood and motivation.
Offer gentle reminders and encouragement to stay motivated. Express your belief in their abilities and remind them of their strengths.
Encourage the person to replace negative self-talk with positive affirmations. Remind them of their strengths, resilience, and past accomplishments.
Suggest seeking professional help from therapists, counsellors, or psychiatrists. Professional guidance can provide valuable support and treatment options tailored to their specific needs.
Take the initiative to learn about depression and its effects. This knowledge will help you better understand the person's experiences and provide appropriate support.
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