How to Connect When You’re Feeling Depressed

If you’re experiencing feelings of anxiety and depression during your journey with cancer, you're not alone. It’s a common side effect, but there’s a lot you can do that will help. Connecting with others is one of the best ways to break through the negativity. Call a friend Cancer treatment can make some patients feel as if the world is going on without them, and even the idea of reaching out can be formidable. Do it anyway. Pick up the phone and call someone you trust. Even if you don’t talk about your depression, reconnecting with a friend will help you feel less alone. Find a support group Cancer treatment facilities and other organizations often offer free support groups. Connecting in this kind of environment can sometimes be easier because everyone else is there for the same reason. Other patients may understand your situation in ways that even close friends and family members cannot. If you can’t find a group near you, ask your doctor for a referral. MORE: What to know about donating your hair to cancer patients Volunteer When you’re feeling down, it may seem counterintuitive to volunteer. But helping others will make you feel better too. Volunteering can get you out of your own mindset and take your focus off your own situation. Plus, your efforts will likely put you in contact with like-minded people. In the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “it is in giving that we receive.” Keep your schedule While it can be tempting to cancel social commitments, getting dressed, going out, and interacting with other people can make you fe
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