If you are suffering from depression, the activities you once found pleasurable may no longer be attractive to you, and that can include socializing and making friends. Even when you’re spending time with old friends or meeting new people, you may worry that the persistent sadness, pessimism, and other symptoms of depression will make others hesitant to develop a relationship with you.
Many people who suffer from depression feel helpless and isolated, causing them to avoid reaching out to others. However, the reality is that focusing on human connectivity and expanding a network of social support can be just what you need when you are feeling depressed.
How Can I Build Friendships To Help Me In My Depression Recovery?
It can often be challenging to motivate yourself to be social. You may want to try these suggestions to help you reconnect with loved ones and even make some new friends:
- A great place to start is by connecting with those who have already helped you through rough times or enjoyed good times with you. Connect with a friend whose company you are comfortable with and do some fun things together: maybe see a show, get a cup of coffee, enjoy the outdoors together – rebuild friendships with people who have been supportive in your life.
- Community organizations can be a great way to meet new people, join in activities, and develop a supportive social network. Volunteering in your community can also allow you to make friends and feel more purposeful in your life. Contact churches or charitable organizations in your area and see what feels comfortable.
- Pick a subject or hobby you would like to learn more about and see if a local college, university, or community center offers a class on it. Learning something new is great for your mental health. Plus, you will be surrounded by other people who have similar interests.
How Does Socializing Benefit My Mental Wellness?
- Interacting with others boosts your sense of well-being and decreases feelings of depression. Research has shown that one sure way of improving your mood is building your human connectivity.
- Recently, evidence has demonstrated that socializing is good for your brain health; people who connect with others regularly perform better on memory tests and other cognitive skills.
Healing from depression can be a long process, marked by ups and downs. So give yourself time. Do your best to socialize with others and make new friends! Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t always feel like being around other people. Just know that you will begin to feel better and take pleasure in the social activities you once enjoyed over time and with the proper treatment.
Here at John Nichols Psychotherapy, I’m here to help you with depression and any other challenges you find yourself facing. I offer therapy for individuals, couples, and teens. If you’re ready to do the work, I’m prepared to help you get where you want to go!