You need to be looking support for friends and family who make you feel cared for and safe. The person you choose to talk to doesn’t have to fix you; they just have to be good listeners. There will be somebody who will listen to you compassionately and attentively without judging or distracting you.
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Make face-time a priority. Texting, social media and phone calls are all great ways of reaching out and staying in touch, but it doesn’t replace good old-fashioned quality time with a person face to face. Talking to someone in person about your feelings can alleviate depression and keep it away.
Even if you don’t feel like, try keeping up with social events. When you’re feeling depressed, it may seem appealing retreating into your own shell, but keeping up with social activities and people will make you feel a little bit better.
Find ways to help others. It always feels nice receiving support from somebody else. But research suggests that offering support yourself enables you to gain an even bigger mood boost. So finding ways to help others, whether big or small, is crucial. Listen to friend’s problems, volunteer; just do something good for anyone.
Care for a pet. There’s nothing that can substitute that vital human connection; pets can also bring that companionship and joy in your life and assist you to feel less lonely. When you care for a pet, you’ll stop thinking about yourself, which will give you a sense of being wanted. Both of which are potent cures of depression.
Join a depression support group. Being around other depressed people can help you a great deal in not feeling isolated. You will share experiences, receive and give advice and encourage each other.