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Tips for Staying Connected When Depressed

It's very important to stay connected when you are dealing with depression. Being with your friends or loved ones helps a lot, more than you realized.

Here are some tips for staying connected when depressed:

1.) TALK TO ONE PERSON ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS
You may feel too exhausted to talk, ashamed at your situation, or guilty for neglecting certain relationships. But this is just the depression talking. Staying connected to other people and taking part in social activities will make a world of difference in your mood and outlook. Reaching out is not a sign of weakness and it won’t mean you’re a burden to others. Your loved ones care about you and want to help. And if you don’t feel that you have anyone to turn to, it’s never too late to build new friendships and improve your support network.

Look for support from people who make you feel safe and cared for. The person you talk to doesn’t have to be able to fix you; they just need to be a good listener—someone who’ll listen attentively and compassionately without being distracted or judging you.
 
2.) HELP SOMEONE ELSE BY VOLUNTEERING
Find ways to support others. It’s nice to receive support, but research shows you get an even bigger mood boost from providing support yourself. So find ways—both big and small—to help others: volunteer, be a listening ear for a friend, do something nice for somebody.

3.) HAVE LUNCH OR COFFEE WITH A FRIEND
Make face-time a priority. Phone calls, social media, and texting are great ways to stay in touch, but they don’t replace good old-fashioned in-person quality time. Â The simple act of talking to someone face to face about how you feel can play a big role in relieving depression and keeping it away.

Try to keep up with social activities even if you don’t feel like it. Often when you’re depressed, it feels more comfortable to retreat into your shell, but being around other people will make you feel less depressed.

4.) ASK A LOVED ONE TO CHECK IN WITH YOU REGULARLY

5.)  ACCOMPANY SOMEONE TO THE MOVIES, A CONCERT, OR A SMALL GET-TOGETHER

6.) CALL OR EMAIL AN OLD FRIEND

7.) GO FOR A WALK WITH A WORKOUT BUDDY

8.) SCHEDULE A WEEKLY DINNER DATE

9.) MEET NEW PEOPLE BY TAKING CLASS OR JOINING A CLUB
Join a support group for depression. Being with others dealing with depression can go a long way in reducing your sense of isolation. You can also encourage each other, give and receive advice on how to cope, and share your experiences.

10.) CONFIDE IN A CLERGY MEMBER, TEACHER OR SPORTS COACH

11.) CARE FOR PET
If you think you can't talk to someone yet, try caring for a pet. While nothing can replace the human connection, pets can bring joy and companionship into your life and help you feel less isolated. Caring for a pet can also get you outside of yourself and give you a sense of being needed—both powerful antidotes to depression. Most specially, pets will not judge you!

11.) PRAY!
The most important for me!

And as much as possible, avoid being alone!

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