Health & Wellness

3 Ways You Can Support Your Partner's Mental Wellness

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Man showing support to partner's mental wellness

In a healthy, happy relationship, supporting your significant other through the ups and downs is always essential. 

This includes uplifting your partner when they are going through hard times and struggling to take care of their mental wellness.

Grappling with mental health is one of the most challenging battles. It can significantly impact your quality of life, abilities, relationships, and more. 

When someone struggles with mental health, it can leave them feeling mixed emotions. For example, they may feel isolated or hopeless.

That is why it's crucial to be there for your other half dealing with mental health issues. 

If you're unsure how to support your partner's mental wellness, keep reading for some helpful tips!


3 Ways You Can Support Your Partner's Mental Wellness

 

1. Be a Listening Ear

If you want to understand what your partner is going through, listen to them. 

Listen to their feelings, experiences, thoughts, and opinions. Being a good listener can be difficult if you listen to respond, not to understand. 

When you listen to understand, you will better know what your partner is feeling and how you can help them.

Sometimes it's tempting to want to give them advice and try to help them. 

However, that's not always what that person wants. Your partner might want to be heard, get the burden off their chest, and have their feelings validated.

Reassure them that you create a safe space for them to share everything. 

Try to listen and only offer advice if your partner asks for it. Reaffirm to your partner that they are strong and you are here to help them get through this.

Remember, it may be hard for your partner to open up. They may fear being judged or dismissed. 

This is why you need to create an environment where they feel comfortable coming to you for help with their mental wellness.

Asian woman listening to man after dinner

 

2. Assist Them in Seeking Help

Does your partner have a strong support system? Friends and family? How about a mental health professional to lean on? 

Mental health can be serious. Unfortunately, dealing with anxiety and depression is not easy, and it's not always fixed by just venting to your partner.

Encourage your partner to seek professional help for their mental health.

A mental health professional will listen through every session and provide coping strategies. They can also prescribe depression medications if necessary.

Seeking help from a mental health counselor will help decide the best treatment options. 

They will assist you in getting the help you need so you start feeling like yourself again. 

Whether it's stress, burnout, anxiety, or depression, a mental health professional will benefit anyone struggling with their mental health issues.

If your partner seems nervous or hesitant about seeking help, accompany them on their first counseling session. 

It will be helpful for them to feel more relaxed, and you can help them communicate what they are feeling. 

Once they feel more comfortable going alone, you can ask how you can best support them.

Their counselor might suggest that you join another session so you can gather different ways you can be supportive or help with their coping strategies. 

Research your partner's mental health issues, and discuss any concerns you might have.

Man showing to support to woman in a counseling for mental wellness

 

3. Encourage Self-Care

Remind your partner to indulge in activities that bring them joy. They need to practice self-care by doing the activities they love. 

This temporary remedy can help them feel joy, success, or happiness, even if it is just for a short time.

Try out things as a couple to do together as well. Bonding as a couple is a great way to work on your relationship.

Not only should you encourage your partner to practice self-care, but you should also stick to your self-care routine. 

Unfortunately, when caring for your partner, your self-care routine can slip away and be easily pushed to the back of your mind. 

However, it is vital to continue your routine, as self-care is more important now than ever.

With added responsibilities, it can be taxing on your mind and body.

Schedule some time for self-care to forget about all that is stressing you out and focus on something you enjoy.

Man and woman in a couples massage for mental wellness

Support your partner's mental wellness with these tips today.

Don't forget to listen to understand and create a positive, open, and safe atmosphere for your partner to discuss their struggles. 

Mental health shouldn't be taboo. 

Encourage your partner to get support for their mental wellness today.


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