Darkness & Isolation: Formidable Foes

How to Prevent Depression

“Bill, sure seems like there isn’t much light about – or people.  Maybe it’s just me, but what’s a person to do?”

Darkness and isolation – two formidable foes. Independently they can make life miserable. But slap them together and “Katy bar the door.”

You likely don’t need me to tell you, but we’re smack dab in the middle of darkness and isolation season. Hmmm, let’s see. The holiday season just ended, in many places it’s nasty cold (and windy), and the shortest day of the year was just shy of two weeks ago.

Life can be mighty challenging right about now, mate.

Oh, and on top of it all, if you’re reading this you likely endure depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. And that makes you all the more susceptible to the effects of darkness and isolation. In fact, you may be indulging in both by choice (whether you know it, or not).

So what are we to do about the aggravation?

Well, in my mind, right there at the top of the list is coming to grips with the fact that – in acceptable measures – darkness and isolation aren’t necessarily bad things.

Actually, you could make the case for the benefits of both (for a time).

Check-out what 19th century English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson had to say about darkness…

And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro’ nature, moulding men.

Isolation? Here’s 17th century English writer Thomas Browne’s observation…

Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.

But, ah, that very fine line!

Tell you what, though – for the purposes of this article, let’s assume darkness and isolation have become problems – and you want out.

If that’s the case, Job #1 becomes making up your mind that no matter how emotionally and mentally tapped you feel, you’re going to force yourself to pursue relief.

It’s simple, folks: seek light and seek out! How? Here are just a handful of ideas…

  • Get yourself in front of sunlight whenever it becomes available. Bask!
  • Lamps on, if you have them and can afford to keep them shining.
  • Light up those candles – such great light and warmth.
  • Use a nightlight – or candle – during sleep time.
  • Don’t rely solely upon external light. Find and sustain the light within.
  • Get with people, and truly interact.
  • Watch some TV or a movie.
  • Latch on to a good book.
  • Scan through photographs of special people, times, or scenes.
  • Just get out and about! Take that aimless drive or walk.

Those are just a few ideas that can save you from the icky effects of over-the-top darkness and isolation. Why not see if you can come up with even more?

You know, of the many worlds and dimensions that no doubt exist out there, it really all comes down to two distinct realms: you amidst darkness and isolation, and you amidst the light of the outside world.

One can get awfully comfortable going it dark and alone. And the longer you maintain it, the harder it is to transition out of it.

You just can’t let that happen.

Darkness and isolation: formidable foes. But certainly beatable.

Give it a go, won’t you?

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