Mental Health~ How To Avoid Depression

Get Moving

When loneliness sets in, the feeling can weigh heavily on your entire body. Whenever this feeling starts to overtake you, fight back and get productive. Whether it is going on a walk, browsing your favorite store, or even picking up around the house, moving about and engaging in other tasks will help to distract you and may offer some relief. It is about taking small steps to get to where you need to be, so anything you can do to push yourself away from these thoughts of isolation will help.

Picture Your Loneliness

Sometimes, people find that picturing their depression or feelings of isolation as something separate from them (such as a cloud or something similar) helps them feel more control over it. These feelings are then seen as something that you can walk away from or have the choice to ignore. It also allows you the knowledge that these feelings are not who you are. You are whoever you choose to be and you have control over how you want to feel.

Reach Out To Someone

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Talking about things that you are struggling with can be a huge challenge. It is not easy but can be an extremely helpful step in getting back to your happy self. You never know who you may able to relate to through this process. Many who end up opening up about their problems find themselves surprised as to how many others have gone through (or are currently going through) the same thing. You may end up helping someone you did not even realize was struggling and who was afraid to reach out themselves.

Visit A Furry Friend

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Animals can make great companions for those feeling more secluded in life. Dogs especially are naturally social and instinctively want to protect those that they know are struggling. Visit a shelter or pet shop and make some new furry friends. If you are up for it, consider adopting your own pet. Cats, fish, and dogs all make great additions to any household and offer you something to love and care for. They also allow something else to focus on, other than your feelings of isolation.

Set New Goals

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By making plans and setting goals, you give yourself something to strive for. Start off slow so that you do not overwhelm yourself. Setting just one or two goals for the day is a great way to start fighting back. Some ideas might be to call up a friend you have not spoken to for a while or go to a coffee shop for an hour. The next day, go grocery shopping, then make yourself one meal. Make them realistic and simple. Once completed, you will have allowed yourself a sense of accomplishment, knowing that you are fighting back one step at a time.

Start Journaling

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If you are feeling up to it, go to a bookstore and spend some time picking out a journal that you love. When you get back home, make it a goal to write in it a few times a week. Getting your thoughts down on paper can help you look at them from a new perspective. It helps to clarify your emotions, allowing you to know yourself better and may help guide you in overcoming your struggles. Allowing yourself time to reflect and express can make a huge difference in how you approach life.

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