Finding the right support is the key to keeping depression at bay, 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 feeling isolated 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. Talking to others who may also suffer with depression, can 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 feels more comfortable to shut ourselves off, but being around people sometimes helps us feel less depressed.
Call a friend, go for a walk with someone you’re happy to spend time with; talk to a therapist, or have coffee with a friend. The key is reaching out.