cornerSometime when we go through bouts of depression we are prone to become isolative and ostracize ourselves from our friends and family. When this happens it can result in more stress which can feed your depression.  Here are some tips to help curb the anxiety one can experience when attempting to manage depression when it comes to your loved ones.

Communicate:  When you drop off the planet your loved ones will become concerned about the status of your mental health.  It is important to be honest with your feelings.  If you don’t feel like being social that’s okay.  Just communicate those feelings.  Leaving people in the dark about your mental state will cause alarm and unnecessary added stress to yourself so make a point of communicating your depression.

Guilt: Depression is hard.  Pilling on guilt for not picking up the phone, or answering your text messages can impede your ability to better manage your depression, and allow yourself to successfully heal yourself and get better.  Keep that in mind when you are doing your best to communicate with your loved ones.  Feeling guilty for not being there only accentuates the problem. 

Relax:  We don’t want to cause alarm or have experience unnecessary pressure that we put on ourselves when we are going through depression.  Try your best to do activities that will alleviate stress.  If your usual exercise routine seems overwhelming, taper back a bit.  For example, if you are a runner, try going for a walk.  You don’t need to do your usual full blown hour work out, so feel free to cut back on your time in the gym.  Baby steps can help manage depression and having feelings of becoming overwhelmed.   Remember it’s okay to manage your depression according to your terms and what works best for you.

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    Last reviewed: 17 Mar 2014

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2014). Depression and Your Loved Ones. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 27, 2014, from


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