One of the first things I notice about clients who suffer from depression or anxiety is that they often avoid being around other people.
Some find others needs exhausting and some feel they might bring people down with their low mood. Overall there is a feeling that they have nothing to offer and it’s simply better to be alone.
However, as we isolate ourselves we feel more disconnected and ultimately more lonely. Human beings are social creatures, our brains enjoy connection and in research we know that anxiety is eased by connection and simple contact.
Developing a connectivity plan with clients helps them feel they can be of value and be around others. It might entail just being in a cafe for a coffee, sitting and simply being with others, smiling and making conversation with the waitress. The more you do it the more normal it will become.
If you are struggling with low mood, try to find a way to be connected every day; either by volunteering, chatting to a new person at the bus stop or by picking up the phone to someone you love.
Everyone has the potential to impact positively on someone else’s life, we just need to take the initiative. Just notice how connecting makes you feel and how it can lift your mood.
During challenging times we need each other more than ever, so reach out.