Self-care tips for feeling depressed and lonely

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be one. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, are injured, or are feeling thoughts of depression, anxiety, or anything else, please contact a medical professional IMMEDIATELY!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Self-care tips for feeling depressed and lonely

Feeling depressed and feeling lonely. These are very common complaints that people present to their primary care provider with and typically the response of the doctor will be nod in all the right places then write a prescription for antidepressants.

However, sometimes low mood and the sensation of feeling depressed and feeling lonely may only be a short-lived and temporary phenomenon. Furthermore, antidepressants take an extended period of time within which to build up into effective levels in the blood.

What this means in real terms then is that those of us who are pinning our hopes on a “quick fix solution” for feeling depressed and lonely are in for a rude awakening. Thankfully, there are some more immediate remedies that can be utilised to great effect.

Oftentimes when people are feeling depressed and lonely they turn to alcohol in order to numb how they are feeling and as a makeshift coping mechanism. After all many of us have no doubt came across people who have relaxed and seem happier after drinking.

Whilst there can be no denying the fact that alcohol brings about a reduction in social barriers and inhibitions, the other side of the coin is that alcohol is a well-documented depressant agent. As such then, alcohol consumption will make you feel more alone, and more depressed.

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Avoid caffeine as well. Caffeine is the polar opposite of alcohol in that it is a stimulant, providing us with a jolt of energy. However, the downside here is that left unchecked, caffeine consumption can severely interfere with the natural sleep rhythm of our bodies.

Getting an appropriate amount of sleep is an essential component of good health and well being. However, when people are feeling depressed and lonely they oftentimes find themselves sleeping for extended periods of time.

This is either done out of boredom, to break the tedium of the low mood and apathy they are experiencing, or simply because they become so fatigued by their condition. Unfortunately, this then makes it much more difficult for them to “switch off” at a more opportune time.

Another potential issue to be aware of is the perils of skipping meals. When we are feeling depressed and lonely, it is all too common for us to lose our appetite and not bother eating. However, this is will only further worsen our low mood.

Following some of these basic steps will improve the quality of your life and bring the severity of feeling alone and depressed more firmly under control.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I claim to be one. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, are injured, or are feeling thoughts of depression, anxiety, or anything else, please contact a medical professional IMMEDIATELY!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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