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6 Ways to Connect with Other People Without Leaving Home

The Internet gives us plenty of ways to stay connected without needing to leave home. Do you remember when Facebook was about finding old friends and classmates instead of political rhetoric?

That’s the advantage that we have with today’s technology. It is easier than ever before to speak with and see people that are half a world away.

If you are looking for more ways to stay connected with family and friends, then here are some of the best options available right now.

Participate in a Chat or Discussion

Twitter and LinkedIn both provide opportunities for interactive conversations. It feels a little bit like the early 1990s chat rooms when you network this way, but it also creates a connection that makes you feel like you’re getting to know people.

Write a Letter

Technology is awesome. There are times when you can’t beat a handwritten letter. If you’ve got some notecards lying around the house, then scribble out a few messages to send through the postal service. You can even deliver some of them in person if you want.

Start a Blog

If you prefer to say things to the world instead of being told what to think or feel, then blogging is a fun option to consider. It’s a fantastic way to share your perspective or expertise on a variety of subjects. It’s okay if you don’t think of yourself as a writer – a platform like Tumblr allows you to combine this option with social networking.

Answer an Email

Emails are the digital form of letter writing. It doesn’t take much for your inbox to turn into a problem that you want to ignore, so tackle some of the messages you find in there. It can take some time to get this done, so sit down with a cocktail and some quiet time in the evening to craft a few responses.

Find Volunteer Opportunities

If the issue you have with in-person networking is the rigid, formal structures that are forced upon you, then consider finding a volunteer opportunity in your community. When you put your skills to work in your hometown, it helps you to meet more people without the same high-pressure situations. It will also look pretty good on your next job application.

Play Video Games

Did you know that many online video games offer the ability to speak with other players? This option is a fun way to start making new friends while conquering the next map or goal. Games like Destiny 2 can put you into a party with five other people for cooperative play, creating a positive experience.

You always have the option of jumping onto your social media profiles to connect with others if you want. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other sites are all fun ways to leave comments or interact in different ways with the people you care about the most. Then you can feel engaged even when you’re stuck at home. 

7 Ways to Tell You Need Counseling in Your Life

There are ways to tell that you need counseling in your life, like when you and your spouse or partner are always at odds with each other.

Then there are the subtle signs that don’t always get noticed. If you don’t enjoy some of the same activities that used to make you smile, then it might be time to speak with a professional about how you feel.

Here are some other ways to tell if speaking with a counselor could be beneficial.

When Should I Speak to a Counselor?

The short answer to the question is that you should speak with someone whenever it feels like it would be helpful. You can also look for some specific signals in your life that suggest the time is right to try counseling.

You are Feeling Overwhelmed

Does it feel like you have too many things to do every day? Are there issues that bother you, and it feels like there is no way to cope with them? If you find yourself in this situation, then speaking with a counselor can help to reduce your stress levels.

You Feel Tired All of the Time

Fatigue is a common physical symptom of mental health conditions. If you feel tired every day when you wake up, then it is time to speak with someone. Your doctor will also want to rule out anything serious.

You Feel Angry All of the Time

Becoming angry isn’t always a bad thing. Even moments of passing rage can be healthy. When these emotions lead you toward destructive decisions, then that is the time to so speak with a counselor.

You Experience Panic Attacks

If there is a fear that holds you back, then a counselor can help you to find a way to overcome that issue. Individuals with high intelligence often have the most phobias because of how they see the world. It can even trap some people in their homes because of the panic attacks that trigger. A little therapy can help you to get around these obstacles.

You Feel Anxious

It is normal to worry about things occasionally, but this emotion should not take up all of your time. If anxiety is creating bothersome physical symptoms, then it is time to see a counselor about your situation. This same rule also applies if you feel more apathetic about your day.

You Don’t Want to Be Around Other People

Most people can recharge when they spend a little time by themselves each day. Individuals with an introverted personality might prefer staying in than going out a majority of the time. If social situations create stressful feelings, then a counselor can help you to understand why you feel that way.

You Feel Hopeless

If it feels like life is pointless, then speak with a counselor right away. Persistent thoughts like this can lead to dangerous situations.

Talking to a counselor is a healthy decision. Most therapists have someone with whom they speak with because of the challenges they face. It might not help right away, but there isn’t much to lose with this effort.