Managing social connections when you are struggling with your mental health can be really tough, but they are crucial for your support and overall well-being. We’ve put together some strategies to help you stay connected.
- Communicate honestly
Talk to your loved ones. Tell them how you are feeling and what you have been going through. Enabling them to understand the situation will help them to support you.
- Choose supportive relationships
We all have relationships that can be unhealthy- perhaps an overly critical friend or an unsupportive family member. It’s okay to take a step back from those relationships whilst you are feeling low. Surround yourself with people who will listen without judgement, that make you laugh, or are just good to talk to.
- Set realistic expectations
Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t face loud and busy social situations. Swap them instead for quieter interactions with trusted friends. Make sure to communicate your limits to friends and family.
- Use Technology
If you can’t face the pressure of face-to-face interactions, then why not use text messaging, video chats or social media to stay in touch with loved ones.
- Join support groups or seek help
Tough Enough To Care run a number of mental health support groups. Why not see if there’s one in your area https://toughenoughtocare.help/support-groups/ . Alternatively your GP can help to point you in the right direction. www.hubofhope.co.uk can also help to locate support services in your area. Groups are attended by people who are in a similar situation to you and can understand how you are feeling.