How do you cope with feelings of isolation?


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  • Debrahoff2
    8 months ago

    To cope with day to day pain and depression, having an optimistic state of mind is so important, but it is a vicious cycle. Like a lot of others I don’t realize how many days have gone by of being depressed, and when I do it can be even more depressing to think about time lost not being happy. I think that being able to write or paint or be physical if possible, can help. Setting goals, even if they are small can help, sometimes it’s on hour at a time or one day at time but I know emotionally I feel better when I accomplish something, as small as it may be. Just getting fresh air can help. Once I feel better about myself and situation emotionally, I can then take some steps to be more social and outgoing w friends. Being more social definitely helps with feelings of loneliness and helps me feel more positive. I try and focus on other people’s “stuff” too which helps take my mind off myself. It is definitely easier said than done but I think it can be accomplished if I take baby steps. I try not to compare my life with others who are doing more, and I try and focus on the little accomplishments. Helping others, if it’s just the listening aspect is an accomplishment because it makes me feel like I have connected with someone and helped someone which then makes me feel happy and emotionally stronger which leads to feeling better physically. They say it takes a village., and I believe we all need each other’s support to keep going through the best and worst of times. One last idea to help cure some isolation is to laugh as much as possible! Finding humor in everything and anything can help with depression, and possibly be a social medicine! Maybe we should all post one joke or funny story a day? Just a thought. Thanks for listening…

  • Judy
    8 months ago

    I am a reborn doll artist. Focusing on something other than my pain or even myself, helps me to not get depressed at being alone. There are a lot of people that are helped by these dolls, so it’s bigger than me or what I am feeling.

  • IzzyB
    8 months ago

    When I’m not sick or recovering from surgery followed by 1 health issue after another, such as it’s been since 12-29-17, I scrapbook & make cards, etc. As an introvert, I isolate extremely well. So these Crop events, where groups get together to scrapbook, etc., really help. Plus, I take my Mom (who has early-stage Alzheimer’s), & we bond. (She’s the reason I started scrapbooking.)

  • drmak
    8 months ago

    My three high school juniors keep me plugged into life. We are now being inundated with college brochures and are discussing which ones to visit. It’s daunting, but it’s very exciting!

  • Kelly McNamara moderator
    8 months ago

    Wish the best of luck to you and your children on their college search! Such a scary and exciting time!!! – Kelly, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Allison Presley
    8 months ago

    Some days, not well. I’m an introvert so I don’t notice that I’m isolating myself, until i start to feel depressed, more than usual. My primary social activity is Toastmasters. It gets me out of the house at least once a week and compels me to talk to others. And since it means I’m getting out, it also means I need to get dressed,etc. It’s also beneficial for me because I need to write and present a speech periodically and that seems to help my cognitive functions. I’m a leader in my clubs and district too, so other people are relying on me to do things and that usually helps to pull me out of myself.

  • Kelly McNamara moderator
    8 months ago

    Hi Allison! Thanks for sharing with the community! It’s so helpful for others to know they’re not alone in feeling this way. Toastmasters is a great idea!!! – Kelly, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

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