Depression can make you feel alone, so it’s important to reconnect with friends and family. We know that for all aspects of wellness, community has a healing and protective effect.
The people who were able to identify with other people in the group had 50% less symptoms and bouts of depression than those who could not identify with the group. People who are more social and are able to identify with others are much more likely to overcome depression than those who are not social.
Depressed people tend to isolate themselves. This reinforces feelings of hopelessness. A good antidote is to get out and socialize with people you trust. Have a good time, go dancing, do active things you enjoy. Socializing serves to increase interpersonal bonds and feelings of hope and acceptance. Getting out also increases energy levels. Get going!
A social life is so important to most people that solitary confinement is often considered an extreme form of punishment, and even torture. Indeed, if you put someone in solitary confinement, you naturally stack the odds that they will become depressed.
If you think about it, connecting with other people is very important, because when you enjoy social interactions:
- It naturally makes your life more meaningful, worthwhile, and enjoyable
- You don’t feel alone, since you feel a sense of connection with someone else
- You naturally focus on something other than you and your problems
- As a result of all this, you naturally feel happier and better
Have you ever felt sad, depressed, or in a bad mood, and then immediately felt a lot better, just by connecting for a few minutes with a friend?
If so, you’ve already proven to yourself how powerful and beneficial social interactions can be for you. Indeed, even something as simple as a brief phone call can make a big, positive difference in how you feel.
So take advantage of this, and make enjoyable social interactions a daily part of your life to become and remain depression-free faster and easier.