Social Isolation

The other evening, I was talking to my wife, when she asked me, ” Have you been out of the house today”? Not a hard question to answer… or so I thought. I sat there and said, no not today and we continued on discussing something that one of the kids did earlier that day at school.

That simple question, had me thinking, ” when was the last time, I left the house in order to engage in some form of meaningful interaction with the world around me”. Please don’t get me wrong,  I do  go to school a few days out of the week and I also take my kids to practices and attend my weekly counseling session. Yet, I could not recall the last time, I had left the house to go and do something that wasn’t “mandated” in the rule book of adulting. At this particular time, I believe it was going on two weeks. Two weeks of no true interactions with others, besides my family. Two weeks of basically moving from one safe area to another… Two weeks? No, it couldn’t be long, could it?

Social withdrawal is avoiding people and activities you would usually enjoy. For some people, this can progress to a point of social isolation, where you may even want to avoid contact with family and close friends and just be by yourself most of the time.

Left unchecked, social withdrawal or isolation can lead to or be associated with depression and suicidal ideology. A side effect of isolated oneself is loneliness. This occurs when a person feels they are isolated and where there is a difference between the social relationships they have compared to the social relationships they want.  Social isolation is an impartial judgement that somebody’s social relations and social networks are lacking.

When you find yourself demonstrating antisocial behavior, it’s important to:

  • Address what’s causing you to want to be alone.
  • Reach out to your friends or family members even though it may be the last thing you feel like doing. Research shows that spending time talking with family or friends improves your mood and has a positive effect on health.
  • Connect with Veterans’ groups or participate in clubs or hobbies focused on something you enjoy.

Southern California Veterans Coalition is based on three pillars of healing, Communication, Education and Socialization. We understand the danger in veterans isolating themselves and falling into the abyss of depression. In order to combat this issue, we hold veteran events, educational seminars and opportunities, with support to help their local communities and have get back to doing the things they enjoy in life.

If you are a veteran or you know of a veteran, who is showing signs of withdrawing and isolating themselves, please contact Southern California Veterans Coalition because we have been there and we understand.

Five Coping Strategies For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be far-reaching and debilitating. The symptoms of PTSD can have a detrimental impact on your mental health, physical health, work, and relationships. You may feel isolated, have trouble maintaining a job, be unable to trust other people, and have difficulty controlling or expressing their emotions. Even though you may feel as if you have fallen into a dark hole of depression, anger, and frustrations. 

“’ People with PTSD are six times as likely as someone without PTSD to attempt suicide. High rates of deliberate self-harm have also been found among people with PTSD.” 

Matthew Tull, PHD;Coping With PTSD;;2019

By Learning healthy strategies for coping with PTSD is possible and can offer a sense of renewal, hope and control over your life. 

We will be going over 5 individual coping skills that follow under emotional and physical and social coping skills.

Emotional and Physical Coping Strategies

1. Practice Mindfulness

Just beginning with one or two minutes per day of quiet mindfulness can feel like a victory. The goal of that time is to stay focused on the present without any threat of fear or judgment. Gradually add more time as you go, offering yourself moments to experience a sense of calm and learn how to balance yourself if you begin to feel overwhelmed or anxious.

2. Exercise

Research has shown that physical exercise can help our brains better cope with stress.4

In fact, psychologists suggest that just a 10-minute walk per day can offer benefit to our mood and help to relieve anxiety and depression. Here are some things to keep in mind as you get started.

Matthew Tull, PHD;Coping With PTSD;;2019
  • Find an activity you enjoy
  • Set small goals
  • Be consistent
  • Listen to music or podcasts while you exercise
  • Ask a friend to join you
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Make sure to dress for the weather

3. Participate in Counseling

Having a trained person available to offer support and guidance in your recovery is a key element to long-term success. Find someone you feel comfortable with, that you find trustworthy and knowledgeable, and be consistent in attending your sessions.

Social Coping Strategies

4. Spending Time With Others

Spending time with supportive friends and family can make a significant difference in your mood and outlook. 

 It can be helpful for all parties—both you and your loved ones—to have time to spend together. Some ways to spend time with others can include things like:

  • Going for a walk
  • Have morning coffee
  • Play a card game
  • Talk on the phone
  • Share funny stories

If you don’t feel ready to talk yet, you can also sit quietly in the same room to read a book or the newspaper. Simply sharing the same space quietly can feel comforting. 

5. Educate Yourself and Others

Educating yourself on the symptoms and treatment, it is important to seek out safe people to connect with who can support you in your recovery journey. By learning about the condition, you can have the words to more clearly explain to others what is happening for you and ask for what you need.


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