As your mood drops lower and lower, the last thing you feel like doing is going out and pretending to be alright when in actual fact you feel like simply giving up on life itself.
It's a hard thing to admit, not only to friends, but to yourself. It fact it's really shocking to realize that you have come to such a low point. That's why you isolate yourself. Nothing tempts you. Nothing stimulates you. All feels dead.
Three things that you must do each day, in order to come out of depression, can be done whilst being alone.
1. Something physical
2. Something intellectual
3. Something spiritual
There is a fourth element which only needs to be done once and that is to decide which story you would like to live and write that story down so that you have an idea of where to head for.
For example, I'd like to live in an apartment that I own, to work at a job that I find rewarding and to have a dog. I would like to learn how to sail a boat. I'd like to go on walking holidays with friends.
You can even produce a vision board illustrating what sort of a life you would like and can aim for, giving yourself a concrete path to head towards.
Doing something physical each day can be as simple as going for a walk. Walking is the best form of exercise as it's free, it's easy, you do not need special gear and you can begin from your front door.
Doing something intellectual can be rewarding, simply by reading an article on something different each day. Do not push yourself as concentration is difficult for someone in depression, so take it paragraph by paragraph until you've finished the one article per day.
Doing something spiritual can be doing 15 minutes of meditation each day. Relaxation is essential especially as in depression sleeping can become an issue, so meditation will help your mind and body relax. Relaxation is the best antidote to worrisome thoughts.
All of the above can be done alone. Very often in life we believe we can not do much without friends and family to accompany us but these three simple but powerful activities, undertaken each day alone are going to make a huge difference to your frame of mind.
Remember – walk, read, relax. Create your visionboard. These are your first steps alone out of depression.