In today’s society many individuals are finding themselves unmotivated to take part in social activities outside of their home. If you are someone who struggles to pick yourself up off the couch and engage in social activities, you may be dealing with depression.
Your lack of assertiveness could be a sign that you may be dealing with depression and do not realize it. The good news is that there are ways get off the couch and begin enjoying your life to the fullest.
When battling symptoms of depression you must push past the depression symptoms of sadness, loneliness, and lack of energy and seek to engage and reconnect in some form of activity or social gathering that brings you pleasure and joy.
Although you may experience an inner need to retreat back to the couch and remain in your living quarters, you must understand and realize that this is the BEST time for you to engage in some form of socializing that will take your mind off of what you are feeling.
This is one of the key ways to fight feelings of depression. Distract those negative feelings of melancholy you are experiencing with fun social activities. Understand also that resistance is one of the 10 depression mistakes which make and keep you depressed.
Don’t attempt to plan an activity while you are experiencing feelings of depression. Plan these activities ahead of time when you are feeling good so that a list of fun things to engage in is available to you when you need it.
While you are planning activities, think about what you want to wear and what other accessories will enhance your appearance for your social outing. Enhancing your outer appearance will help you to get out off the couch and feeling better about yourself.
As the old saying goes; “Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it”. What this saying simply means is that although you may not be in a good mood at the time, do things to give off the appearance that you are feeling good- and eventually your inward feelings will fall in line with the outward appearance you are portraying. You have to become aware of what your inner conversation of depression is.
If you have trouble finding activities to engage in, be sure to ask friends and loved ones for some suggestions on places to go for enjoyment. Confide in someone about your condition so they know that when you are feeling down, to come and get you off of that couch and out into the social scene.
Another issue that could be contributing to your struggles to engage in social activities is anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness or uneasiness about a situation. Many people who suffer from anxiety find it hard to attend and mingle in social settings. Some symptoms of anxiety are: trembling, nausea, diarrhea, numbness and tingling in hands, arms and legs, easily tired, heart palpitations, feeling of shortness of breath, dizziness.
You won’t find the solution to either anxiety or depression by staying isolated in the home. You must combat them by doing something different in your life in spite of how you feel. In fact, being comfortably numb is another of the 10 depression mistakes that you need to learn to avoid.
Take a chance. You have nothing to lose. Staying home and curled up on the couch is not going to get you beyond your feelings of loneliness, isolation, and despair. The key to making a positive change is YOU. By making one small change in your routine, by getting up off the couch and out on the social scene, you will feel different. You will get your life back.