Small Comforts #3: Friendship

A series of blogs to help those struggling with isolation

They may not look delighted to be around each other, but these two doggies are the best of friends, honestly! I chose this photo as it was part of a set that arrived in the post for me this week from my lovely friend Chris, which made my day and reminded me yet again of the power of friendship.

We are all feeling alone and very much apart from friends right now which is why a little text or gesture means more now than ever. I am so appreciative of the fact that my friends have never given up on me, despite the fact that anxiety sometimes makes me isolate myself and hide away from the world. Depression can cause your world to shrink until there’s nothing left but horrible feelings; but friends remind you that there is a different version of you still in there somewhere.

It has been particularly hard to communicate with friends over the last few months as I am consumed by shame. It just feels so wrong to be this low when the whole world is suffering so much. Thankfully my friends don’t judge me as harshly as I do myself, and I’m grateful that they continue to reach out to me. It helps so much knowing people believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself.

Friends are a lifeline to the world when you’re otherwise isolated, mentally or physically. It is such a comfort to know friends are there, so continue to reach out, even if you feel like you have nothing to say. Just listening to someone else can be a way of connecting and helping to ease your own negative thoughts.

This may be a short blog, but it’s also a big thank you from the bottom of my heart to all my wonderful friends who love me unconditionally.

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