Welcome to the forums and good on you for having the courage to post too!
Your golden lab Kimba sounds gorgeous. I used to have difficulty leaving the house too and thats a horrible place to be in when we are restricted by our own thoughts. I understand you Michael as I used to have chronic anxiety for a while now....You are not on your own
There are many gentle people that can be here for you Michael.....I am only one of them
Do you have a GP or counselor that helps you with your anxiety/depression?
my kind thoughts
Hello Michael !
I've just joined a few minutes ago too ! It's just me, chocka and the fishes, and I have trouble socialising because of the way I am too. The majority of my connections is through chatting online and mostly one on one.
But I've learned something in life having been unwell so long. People come and go, but if we are patient, MORE people will come into our lives in the future lighting the way !
Chin up ! ...each new day is a chance for a better one than the day before and another chance for happiness !
Chocka is barking for his dinner so bye for now and keep talking Michael, it helps !
HI lonelyguy and forward only and welcome to the forums 🙂
I know it can be a struggle to get out of the house when you mental health is flaring up. I know when my depression is flaring up I struggle to even get out of bed and even doing normal jobs around the house can be difficult. I think it is good that you have a dog to give you company and to assist you. I know it may not seem like it, but even doing things with your dog is an achievement. I try look at the small achievements, especially if my mental health is not in a good way. Small achievable goals help. Such as: ok I'll clean my bedroom, text back mum etc. I know it may sound small, but it does help. It also helps keep you a little busy.
Do you see a psychologist or counsellor. I find for myself they are really helpful. They can help me process my anxious and depressed thoughts. They can help me deal with also. Maybe if you aren't seeing someone currently, it could be something to look into in the future.
I am glad you have come to the forums. It is a good place to get support from people have lived experience and understand