Friday, 3 August 2018

Loneliness and depression walking hand-in-hand


This is an excellent article on the link between depression and loneliness. If you are suffering please reach out to someone.

Johann Hari’s book made me feel more in control of my own moods than I had been led to believe I was for many years. 1 year off all the unnecessary psychiatric medicataions, plural, I have been taking on and off for the last 15 - 20 years, I feel mentally and emotionally stronger than I have in what seems like aeons.

I AM NOT suggesting that anyone reading this stops taking medication without consulting a health practitioner that you know has your best interests at heart. Coming off any long-term medication involves very careful titration, decreasing your dosage over a period of sometimes many months, in line with your mood and emotional well-being.

What I am suggesting is that you read as much as you can about pharmaceutical solutions to mental health issues, and also research alternative and/or supplementary methods such as mindfulness, self-care, being in nature, exercising, eating fresh food that is in season, in fact if you can grow your own even better for both your physical and your emotional health (as well as your finances). Helping others is a good way to start to feel more comfortable with yourself, and being with people that make you feel good enough, whether that be friends you already have or new friends that you make, people with common interests that you can bond with and feel safe with, makes a huge difference to how you feel on a day-to-day basis.

I’m not saying that any of us will live happily ever after, life will always have it’s ups and downs, but it is up to us how we respond to those ups and downs. Are we going to be slayed or strengthened by what life throws at us?

It is your mind and your decision how you care for that mind. It’s the only one you have, and I believe we are more in control of what we think and feel, and how we act, than we are currently led to believe. I’m certainly not saying it is an easy path to travel, but from personal experience, have realised that I do have a choice and a way out of feeling lonely and depressed.

Depression and loneliness very often walk hand in hand. Social connection can ease an aching or a breaking heart. The gentle touch of another’s hand on your arm may be enough to help you start to see the beauty in this world. Have a look at this article and decide your path for yourself.

For the article “The Root Cause of Depression and How to Heal It” CLICK HERE

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