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. Don’t be put off by reaching out to close family or friends, because not reaching out could leave you even more isolated.
Sometimes we may need to feel the fear, even if it take us out of our comfort zone. Talking to others who may also suffer with depression should help us see 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 sometimes help us feel less depressed.
There are ways we can reach out. Call a friend, go for a walk with someone we’re happy to spend time with; talk to a therapist, or have lunch or coffee with a friend, take a class or join a club.
It stands to reason that when we’re feeling stronger, we may also give support back, but that may take some effort. It doesn’t matter what, or how long it takes. All steps, however small are significant ones.