These are from a wonderful book called The Art Of Comforting. Check it out and learn how to be better at supporting people going through difficult things.
Looks like a great resource. I know a couple of the most irritating things I hear a lot when talking about my struggles with depression are “You should keep busy!” or “You need to get out/exercise more!”
Keeping busy was what got overwhelming for me. Having work and scheduled things going on all the time was causing me a LOT of stress and anxiety. I would feel like I was detaching from myself, and would end up in a bad way. Pushing myself back into being busy too soon would be detrimental to my recovery.
Getting exercise and going out of the house is sound advice for improving well-being; my doctors recommend it. That being the case, I don’t need to hear it from fucking everybody. It’s always obvious when non-doctors don’t understand how difficult that can be, and it sounds more like nagging from them. As the book suggests, making actual plans is infinitely more helpful. Make sure to carry them out, though, because it’s painful to get forgotten or stood up in the best of times, but damn brutal when you’re depressed.