Isolation is our enemy. That front door is our enemy. Yet we all do it from time to time. We all isolate ourselves.
And when we isolate, our favorite buddies, anxiety, depression, shame and guilt come out to play instead of us.
So how do we stop it?
How do we take that step out the door that we know will end up helping us?
The first step is acknowledging that there is a problem. It is not something that can be fixed overnight but taking one step at a time will eventually get you out of isolation.
You must identify why you are isolating. Why can’t you get out that door?
Make a list
Take little steps. Tiny steps. Make a list of what you hope to do today. Then check off each thing you have done.
Ask for help
Reach out to a friend or family member and be honest with them about what is going on. Let them know that you are tired of isolating yourself and would like to do more things with others. You might be surprised to find that the person you are talking to is also suffering and you could help each other.
Some things that will get you out of the house:
1. Join a Class or Club
3. Find Support Online
4. Keep Busy
5. Do the things you used to love doing
When you are depressed or suffer from social anxiety, the door is your enemy. You know that just going through it will set you on your path. You know that, even if it is scary, it is better on the other side. The voices tell you not to do it, but grab that knob and twist. Step through your door into a better tomorrow.