Finding the right support is the key to lifting Depression and keeping it away, but dealing with Depression can be difficult when it comes to helping us maintain a positive perspective, for us to keep up the effort required to come through it.
Loneliness and isolation can make Depression worse, so keeping up with close relationships and contributing to social activities are both very important. If it helps, don’t be put off by reaching out to close family or friends, because not reaching out could leave us even more isolated.
Sometimes we must push forward and feel the fear even if it take us out of our comfort zone. Perhaps join a support group for Depression. Talking to others who also suffer with depression will also help us see that others deal with what we deal with and that we’re not totally alone.
Groups give encouragement, whilst sharing experiences and offering support and advice. When we’re feeling depressed, it often feels more comfortable to shut ourselves off, but being around people can help us feel less depressed.
There are ways we can reach out. Call or e-mail a friend, go for a walk with someone you are happy to spend time with, talk to a therapist, have lunch or coffee with a trusted friend, take a class or join a club. Make some arrangements to go out for dinner; or just talk to someone you can trust about your feelings.
It stands to reason that when we’re feeling stronger, we can also give support back, but that may take some effort. Those are small steps. It doesn’t matter what or how long it takes though. All steps, however small are significant ones.