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Self-Isolation and depression

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The cycle of self-isolation and depression is often a self-perpetuating loop that can feel impossible to breakthrough. While there are many factors that can be acting within this cycle; fear, anxiety, feelings of helplessness or feeling misunderstood; Isolation is both a symptom and a cause of depression. If you feel you are trapped in the cycle, here are a few tips that might help you start moving forward.

At TelePsycRX, we talk about fitness and exercise as part of a healthy routine all the time, this tip is more of a baby step. Don’t worry about getting outside, but plan to do some chores around the house. Make the bed, do the dishes, vacuum the floors… Something that is small, identifiable, and achievable in a short period of time.

When you step back and look at the results, it is often a great motivational boost. You not only feel better just moving around, but you get a feeling of accomplishment from completing the task. You may even find yourself motivated to start another small task!

Another tip that sounds daunting but doesn’t have to be is to reach out and reconnect with your friends and family. There are so many different ways to contact people, like text messages, phone or video calls and emails… pick one that you are comfortable with and reach out. You will feel better talking with others and sharing your thoughts and emotions with someone else.

Lastly, if you still feel isolated, depresses and can’t seem to break free you should think about calling your doctor, religious counselor or a therapist. Find someone you trust, that is trained to help people through difficulties like this. You don’t have to be alone. If you don’t know where to start, try calling the national mental health crisis line at 800-662-4357.

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