My healing social network

My Social Healing Network.

When the pandemic struck, my social healing network became my friendships I forged on social media

Have you ever been in a room with someone, and for some unexplainable reason, you just felt awkward around them? It’s as though there is some unseen force at work. To me, if kinda feels like you’re both two like poles that naturally repel one another; each party doing their upmost to avoid one another.

What makes this unsee force so interesting to me is that it can happen instantaneously. We’ve all been there, am I right? All you want to do is make a run for the door whenever you and that person must interact.

Under those circumstances, it’s unlikely that the two of you will become close friends. However, that’s not always the case.

The Impact of connection

While this can make a night out a bit more stressful, thankfully, there are those whom we can instantly feel a connection. Instant attraction, romantic or otherwise can end up cultivating a kinship that guide both parties through the toughest times in their lives.

The Importance of human connection

In these most uncertain times, I would argue, that because we are more isolated than ever, its become more important to find meaningful connection and make an effort to stay connected.

Thankfully, we are also living in the internet age; a time when we can interact at any moment of the day and in real time. This was an impossibility only 25 years ago; and even more of a challenge before the advent of the telephone.

As rough as times are today, just think of those who had little to no connection in the days of ole. Oftentimes, when tragedy stuck, one’s social connection network stood a good chance of being wiped out by illness. Nowadays, medical science has made this notion a rarity.

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Social media can be a good thing.

The one thing I love about the internet today, it can in fact, be a healer for many. Peculiarly for people who are suffering from a mental illness. Mainly, social media and video chat. Although social media has its well documented dangers, like all things, there’s good and there’s bad.

Now that we have established that human connection is fundamental to our well-being, both mental and otherwise, I want to share why it has been a lifesaver for me.

My Social media peer support

Anyone with PTSD and depression can tell you that it can be pretty isolating. I have been known to disappear into the perceived safety of my bed often and for long periods of time. An ever-increasing occurrence now that we have limited contact. However, I am able to pull through it, why? Well, in part because of the human connections I have made on social media. Those individuals who are also suffering similar afflictions.

Because The Road To Mental Wellness is an internet based mental heath advocacy page, I have had the opportunity to create a social media network with some amazing people. What’s more, I have made that “Instant connection” mentioned above.

MY SOCIAL HEALING NETWORK.
Photo by Gabby K on Pexels.com – My Social healing network

Being that most of my work is internet based, I enviably have to use multiple social media platforms if I am to help as many people as I can. In the process of spreading the word about my blog, an unexpected consequence arose.

Astonishingly, these instant bonds online were more than an isolated incident. This discovery of like-minded people would provide me with more than just words in a messenger app or a smile on zoom, they would become part of my healing network. Or, as I like to call it, my social healing network.

My online friends have saved me from when depression speaks, from the desire to end it all because of PTSD’s nightmares,’ sudden anger and heightened startle response. Without them, I hesitate to say where I would be.

I can only hope that my support and outreach has done the same for them. To you all, I owe a huge “Thank You”!

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THE ROAD TO MENTAL WELLNESS – THE BOOK

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I am excited to announce that I will be revealing my first book cover in mid January. Called The Road To Mental Wellness, it chronicles my lifelong battles with mental illness. It’s goal? To help others by telling my story…. Check back for updates. However, if you would like to see it sooner, simply subscribe to The Road To Mental Wellness email list and I will be more than happy  to send you the exclusive first look at it.


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Connection and Recovery

Connection and Recovery

Having a mental illness for as long as I have, you start to think about what caused it. Moreover, I can’t help but wonder why some of us make it through while sadly, others do not. Is there something to connection and recovery

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One would have to be a fool to think that some of us are stronger than others and that’s why some people make it. While there may be some truth to that; one thing that science knows for sure is that we are wired for connection. Could this be the reason some of us hold on?

I credit most of my ability to stay on the road to mental wellness with the love and support I am blessed with.

A study conducted by Harvard University over a span of 80 years has found that people need other people. People with strong ties to the community, to their families and relationships, are more likely to live longer. Essentially, the happier you are, the longer you will live. Find the ted talk on the study here:

Harvards 80 year study on human happniess

Perhaps what’s most fascinating to me is that positive social interaction can help you live longer even if your cholesterol is high. In other words, what factly makes us happy is the bonds we forge; not the jobs we have and certainly not the things we own.

So, why am I bringing this up? Well, is it then possible that people with mental illness who have strong ties to supports and have strong ties to others could also live longer?

Like water to a plant, we need a social connection if we are going to survive and live the best life possible.

Fortunately, when I read the study, it looks like it could be the case. Although the study doesn’t seem to focus on the mentally ill; it does demonstrate that social connection has a positive impact on mental health outcomes. Therefore, It’s not s leap of faith to suggest that this too applies to us.

Connection and Recovery

Now, I can’t find any good science to suggest this however, I can speak to my own experiences on having good supports in life. and I can say, for me; the social connection and love has literally been a lifesaver.

People have commended me for what appears to them, to be a sort of inner strength. maybe, but I can’t say that’s totally true. I credit most of my ability to stay on the road to mental wellness with the love and support of family, friends and a sense of duty to help others.

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As anyone with a debilitating mental health condition can tell you; one of the hallmark tendencies is to withdraw from any form of social interaction. This may sound counter-intuitive but when the outside world wears down your tolerance, this seems logical to the ill-minded individual

This behaviour, the need to isolate is in fact not the answer, at least not entirely. Should you take time for self-care? Absolutely! Should your self-care extend into weeks or even months? The answer is probably not. Rather, the answer mostly lies in connection and recovery

In short, we need connection and good support. We also must find the strength to integrate ourselves into something meaningful outside of our comfort zone. Like water to a plant, we need a social connection if we are going to survive and live the best life possible.

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