Break Out of Self-Isolation

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Isolation and loneliness tend to make difficult situations even worse. As social beings, we seek the company, approval, and support of others, especially during challenging times.

When dealing with depression, fighting the urge to be alone is vital to your recovery. A friend or family member can help you stay motivated and avoid relapsing by reminding you of the reasons why you deserve a better way of life.

The nature of depression can make it difficult to reach out for help. Just the thought of discussing your feelings with a close friend or family member may seem exhausting, but the result will be well worth the extra effort.

If you’re ashamed of your mental state, don’t be. Depression affects more than 350 million people around the world, according to the World Health Organization. If you feel guilty for neglecting your relationships, apologize. Your loved ones will likely appreciate your reaching out to them and want to help you overcome depression.

Suggestions for Reaching Out to Others

Confide in trusted friends and family members. Explain how you feel and what you’re going through, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Relationships with others can provide the strength and stability you need to successfully get through this tough time.

Attend as many social events as possible. You may not feel comfortable going out when you’d rather stay home, but being around other people can help you feel less depressed.

Join a support group. Discussing your thoughts and feelings with other depressed individuals can help you realize that you aren’t alone. Support groups allow you to share your experiences, encourage one another, and give and receive advice.

Tips for Building Relationships

  • - Contact an old friend
  • - Go for a walk with a neighbor
  • - Schedule a weekly lunch or dinner date with a friend
  • - Invite a coworker to get coffee or lunch with you
  • - Meet new people by taking a class or joining a club
  • - Volunteer to help others

Source: Helpguide.org

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