“How are you feeling today?”
“A little blue.”
“What’s wrong? Cheer up!”
Most people who work in a healthcare settting have a fairly caring heart. Most of us don’t want to see anyone suffer, but invalidating someone’s feelings isn’t going to help much either. Nobody is expecting us to keep every single person on the unit happy and smiling at all times.
Just listen. Just be there. As much as possible, support the individual’s desire to share and accept his/ her feelings in a safe and healthy manner.
After all, a little bit of blue can be beautiful.