Find Your Sense of Belonging
We are all social creatures. Research shows that people who belong to groups are happier. If you are depressed or anxious, finding a supportive group may inject the purpose in life that you are missing.
An increased sense of belonging comes with healthy benefits, both mental and physical. Relationships are stronger. Blood pressure is better. And studies show that people with a strong sense of belonging simply live longer.
It may seem hard at first: One of the problems of depression and anxiety is the self-consciousness that leads to isolation. But you have skills or interests that others share. Enroll in a class. Join a book club. Volunteer. You will find that your time and attention will be valued by others.
You have a network of family and friends already who can provide support. Identify those whose company you enjoy and respect most, and build a stronger connection with them. If you are facing a particular life challenge, you may want to explore getting involved in a group beyond what your friends and family can offer. Through support groups, you can find:
- Concrete suggestions and information about your issue.
- People who can empathize with how you are feeling.
- A reminder that you’re not alone.
- Inspiration from seeing others coping well.
The Living Well Front Porch can provide you with an up-to-date list of support groups in Memphis and the Mid-South.
STEPS ON THE PATHWAY
- Make a list of personal interests.
- Look online for groups that share your interests.
- Look for companionship in your church or through support groups.
- Build stronger relationships with those you trust most.
If you need more detailed information about local support groups or a guide to help you down the pathway, or if you feel that you need immediate assistance, call the Front Porch at 901.762.8558.