Isolation can hamper our ability to feel good about ourselves and the lives we lead. It can make us question our value, our ability to give and receive love, and our place in our families and communities.
When a period of isolation takes root, it grows into a more severe feeling of not fitting in. That feeling can grow into a stronger negative voice that can tell us we don't fit in anywhere and should just stay home. This pattern can be the precursor to depression, which then takes hold and makes it harder and harder to find motivation to connect.
One of the best ways to counteract the power of isolation is to understand that not all of us fit into every situation, to look at ourselves and honestly assess what connections would make us happy. If you prefer one on one time with close friends, let that be your connection. If you like being around crowds, let that energy motivate you to get re-connected.
Perhaps you are more comfortable taking a yoga class or attending a workshop. Maybe your passion is to go hiking or ride your bike. Join the weekend cycling group in your town. Get friends together and create a fine dining club. If going out into the winter cold is not your cup of tea, invite people to your house for a ... cup of tea. You get the choice to create your own happiness as a means to step out of isolation.
The options are only limited by your imagination and your commitment to fighting off the feeling of isolation. Don't let the winter blues take away your ability to experience your life.