Remember to check in with the elderly, veterans, and others who may fight isolating symptoms. Connecting socially fights against many symptoms of mental illness. It helps with reducing mood disorder symptoms, anxiety symptoms, trauma symptoms and much more. Being connected with others reduces rumination, helps get people out of their own head, and connects those looking for community to find connection, identity, purpose, and meaning.
However, it can be difficult differentiating between “distancing” verses “isolating” and causing one to return to unhealthy cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and relational practices and ways. You will never know how much a phone call or a wellness check helps.
We are our brother’s keeper. We must love our neighbor as ourselves.