You're not alone if you've been feeling more stressed or anxious in recent months. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, concerns over things like your health, your family and friends’ wellbeing, your job, income and feelings of loneliness due to social distancing are common, and can take their toll.
But by talking to others about their mental health––and your own––can help. As these conversations can be difficult to start up, we spoke to Dr. Michael Eason from Lifespan Counselling for some tips on how best to approach the subject with your friends and family.
1. Be Present
The best thing you can do is be present. Be in the moment and let them know that you care. Engage in conversation, but do not be invasive. Respect their boundaries. To initiate discussion, perhaps begin by sharing some of your own struggles or circumstances similar to their own.
In general, honesty leads to honesty, and being emotionally vulnerable allows the other person to feel more comfortable with vulnerability.