In our busy world it’s a challenge to balance work and life. We focus on school, hobbies and self-care, but we end up neglecting our social connections. Whether they’re with your family, friends, co-workers or social media support groups are more important than you realize.
When you’re able to connect with another human being it has many benefits you may not be aware of.
- Lower Anxiety and Depression
- Help You Regulate Emotions
- Higher Self-Esteem
- Higher Empathy
- Improves Your Immune System
When you neglect your need to connect with others your health is at risk, including your mental health.
Bipolar Disorder and Isolation
Lack of social connection leads to isolation and loneliness.
If you have Bipolar Disorder; feeling isolated and lonely are among the most powerful triggers of depressive episodes.
A lot of people with bipolar disorder are unaware that they have isolating tendencies.
Feeling isolated is a trigger for a depressive episode. Also, anxiety caused by hypomania can be the beginning of an episode as well.
Becoming Aware Is The First Step
If you have bipolar disorder you’ll have periods of feeling overly happy and energized. When this happens you might become the life of the party. However, as mentioned before when you’re overly happy and energized due to hypomania anxiety can occur before a depressive episode.
When this happens you may unconsciously withdraw from your social connections. It’s important to realize that self-isolation can make your depressive episodes worse.
Even when you’re not up to it, it’s important to stay connected, because it helps to keep your depressive symptoms to a minimum.
Tips For Staying Connected
Social connections can be difficult to maintain if you have bipolar disorder. Simply having someone to talk to face-to-face can be an enormous help when you’re having a depressive episode. The people you turn to should be great listeners, instead of trying to fix you. Also, the more people you can turn to the better.
Remember! Reaching out to others is not a sign of weakness.
Here are some tips to keep you connected:
Don’t Isolate Yourself:
Keep in regular contact with your friends and loved ones who are supportive. Remember that you can trigger depression when you self-isolate.
Build New Relationships:
If you don’t have a support network to fall back on it’s important to take steps to develop new relationships. However you may be unaware that people with bipolar disorder can attract unhealthy relationships.
In a previous post I discussed how loneliness can lead to unhealthy relationships. If you’re interested
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Join a Bipolar Support Group:
It helps to spend time with people that are going through the same thing. You can benefit from other group members sharing experiences and advice.
If you’re interested please click on the link below and join my new Facebook Support Group:
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