19 things to do to avoid depression when isolated from others

Regardless if you are stuck at home for the short or long term from an unexpected challenge, obstacle, adversity. limitation or setback in your life, feelings of isolation can quickly turn negative.  Before you know it, you may experience anger, anxiety, depression and other thoughts that will make you bitter and/or hold you back in life.

I know, because for nearly 20 years I have spent most of my time at home alone while my wife worked at a traditional job.  For the past 15 years I have lived in a community that does not have public transportation that is easily accessible from my home, making it hard for me to get out on my own. 

I have found that the key to surviving being isolated from others is keeping your mind busy and active.

  1. Text and call the people you miss.  Do not let being isolated deteriorate your friendships and relationships.  Reach out to them with a text, phone call, email or letter.
  2. Become a pen pal.  We mistakenly think we connected with practically everyone Via the Internet.  There are still traditional pen pals that are wanting to hear from you.  Find a pen pal and start writing letters (remember paper, pen and postage stamps?)
  3. Adopt a pet.   A pet gives you companionship and distracts you from your situation.  Pets also gives you someone who depends on you and that can give you a purpose for your life.
  4. Bing watching or just Watching TV.  Just having a TV on, even if you are not watching the screen, fills the house with voices and can help you feel that you are not alone.
  5. Deep clean your home.  When you have a lot of time on your hands and no one in your way, it is the perfect time to deep clean the house.  Deep cleaning can be those household chores you know need to be done but you have made excuses for not doing for months (or longer).  Alone time is great at getting those chores done and starting a new life of keeping your house cleaner.
  6. Join an online community.  There are communities and groups all over the Internet for every different type of person, passion, faith and political views you can think of.  Search them out, get connected and interact with others.
  7. Read a book and write a review of it on Amazon and Goodreads.  Being alone and distraction free provides you time to read.  Why not start reading all those books you have in your home?  When you have read all those books start buying books on Amazon and reading them (may I suggest “it Doesn’t Define me and The Cheese ball Clann?)  After you read a book, write a review for Amazon and Goodreads.  Writing reviews is a good way to connect with others who share your passion for your favorite genre. 
  8. Start a hobby and share it on social media.  Maybe you always wanted to collect stamps, bottle caps, beer cans, or your passionate about everything from the 1980’s (movies, TV shows, music, etc.) or you are wanting to add to your childhood collection of baseball cards or matchbox cars.  Start (or restart) your collection and share your passion on social media.
  9. Work on puzzles.  Jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, word games and other puzzles keeps your mind sharp.  Puzzles are a good way to make time pass quickly and keep you distracted from being alone.
  10. Play games online with friends.  If puzzles are not your thing, find a game you can play online with others.
  11. Start a craft project.  If you are into crafts such as knitting or sewing, you can start making crafts.  You can make items for local hospitals.  Many hospitals appreciate donations of sock caps for newborn babies.  Contact your local hospital volunteer director for ways you can use your crafting talents to help others.
  12. Start a garden.  If you can get outdoors, you can start a garden.  A garden depends on you for water to thrive and in return it gives you something beautiful to watch grow. 
  13. Wave to people as they drive/walk by your home.  While you are outside, sit on your porch each morning or afternoon and wave at the kids on the school bus or your neighbors as they pass by your home.
  14. Spend time in prayer.  There is no better time that being isolated and alone to start making yourself into a better you.  Start by getting connected, or reconnecting, with God.
  15. Exercise.  While you are improving the spiritual you, work on the outer you by starting an exercise program.  There are many online programs to choose from so start looking for one.
  16. Take an online course.  While you are improving the inner you and outer you, you can also become a smarter you.  While you are at home, alone and isolated from the rest of the world, you will be distraction free while you take classes online and do your homework.
  17. Start a blog.  Start sharing online what is important to you.
  18. Start a home-based business.   If you are stuck at home all day with a computer, why not start an online business.  You can start an eBay business by selling stuff from around your home at first, for others as you grow.  Eventually buy in bulk and sell each item individually.  If selling is not your thing, start a career as a writer, graphic artist, or anything else you are passionate about.
  19. Appreciate the beauty of nature.  Stop and smell the roses.  Look out a window or step outside and watch the leaves bloom in the spring or change in the fall and appreciate the show.

It doesn’t matter what you do when you are at home, alone and isolated from others.  If you stay busy and keep your mind off your problems, you will find the time alone more enjoyable.