It is easy to become isolated when anxiety or depression hit you.
Often you feel less confident and less social. A lot of the time it can seem impossible to get out of bed or leave the house – let alone meet up with friends or family.
That’s why I’ve put together this short list of tips to feel less isolated when you can’t face even having to hold a conversation with someone else.*
*Disclaimer: Obviously social interaction is so important in life and I am in no way suggesting that the following list should replace this. Just that when times are especially tough these suggestions can ease your isolation…
One of the main platforms which helped me through many tough times was YouTube.
YouTubers have an incredible way of connecting to their audience and creating a sense that you are involved and invested in their content.
Certain channels can allow you to feel a connection to them and the outside world without putting pressure on yourself to put on a fake smile and meet up with people when you can’t face it.
My personal favourite YouTubers include Spencer FC and Joe Weller (who has spoken about his depression on his channel) who I share similar interests with (predominantly football).
I find their content entertaining and I find the way they have worked to make a success of their channels really inspiring.
Most importantly, watching their content is a form of escapism, I suppose, from my own struggles when times are tough with my mental health.
Something else which really helps me when I’m feeling low is just trying to switch off my mind and distract myself listening to a funny podcast.
For me, this is normally Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington. You can listen to the absolutely hilarious nonsense they talk about here.
When I listen to these clips and podcasts I can’t stop laughing along to the conversations they have. In a weird way, because the conversations are so random and natural you feel a part of them.
Laughter really is the best medicine and it allows you, for a split-second, to forget how your condition is affecting you.
Even though it isn’t a cure to how you’re feeling, managing to shut off your brain even briefly is so important.
This is a fairly new one for me but becoming involved in the blogging community is amazing if you’re finding things tough with your mental health.
I didn’t have this when I went through my worst periods of anxiety and depression but it is great to be part of it now to help maintain my good mental health.
Having non-judgemental people who understand exactly what you’re going through and making sure that you are not alone is so valuable.
It is also a great way to get your emotions out and it ensures that you don’t keep things bottled up.
I really enjoy reading other people’s blogs for tips, advice and to feel that sense that other people have been through the same things I have.
Here are some of my favourite mental health bloggers on WordPress that you should definitely check out*:
- Rosie: https://ourrose.wordpress.com/
- Hannah: https://paintmeasmile.co.uk/
- Gemma: https://mysweetanxiety.com/
- Lauren: https://thislittlemindofmine.co.uk/
Disclaimer: There are so many great mental health blogs out there so please forgive me if I haven’t mentioned you! Feel free to link me your blog in the comments for me to have a look.
4: Social Media
Similar to blogging, being part of a mental health community on social media platforms is great for connecting with similar people.
Twitter is especially good for this. If you haven’t already, get involved with the following #s and come and join in*:
*Disclaimer: Again, if I’ve missed any great Twitter chats then tell me in the comments so I can join in too!
I wasn’t aware of this community until after I experienced my toughest times but it is such a great idea!
If you’re feeling isolated then you know you have a friendly online community to turn to at the click of a button.
Let me know in the comments how you deal with feeling isolated because of your mental health!