First, let me start by apologizing for not having this message out last week! For those of you who look forward to my posts, I appreciate your support and that you read this when you don’t have to! Changing departments and moving to graveyard shift throws off your whole schedule!
Second, I want to say: this post is not about finding a partner for life. If that’s what you’re hoping I’ll talk about here, I won’t. Just wanted to give you a head’s up before you read too far.
I don’t know about you, but I’m the sort of person who closes everyone out when bad things happen. Since my dad passed away last December, I’ve hung out with people (not including seeing people at work) less than a dozen times, I’d say.
It’s been extremely easy to not reach out to others. It’s been simple to not instigate spending time with other people. If others have invited me, I’ve agreed for the most part, but I haven’t been the one to initiate contact except text messaging.
People, this isn’t healthy.
Humans are not meant to be alone all the time.
For those of you saying, “But I’m an introvert!” So am I. That doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.
I get it. Sometimes it’s easier to forget about the world. It’s easier to stay away from everyone else.
Until it’s not.
In the past week, I’ve been to a concert with one friend, a dinner with another, and another dinner with family outside of my immediate home. Though I felt tired afterward, I also felt a peace that’s been missing for far too long.
Being around other people gets you out of your head.
There’s also an energy that you pick up by being around other people. Try to find at least one person who’s positive that you can spend time with to soak in that positive energy.
You don’t have to do anything elaborate. You don’t even have to talk about deep stuff.
Spending all of your time alone can worsen depression. It makes it more difficult to pull yourself out of the deep abyss because you have no one to help show you the light.
Give it a try!
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