6 Ways to Avoid Isolation This Summer

From the DCOE Blog

Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues can leave you feeling disconnected, isolated, disengaged and lonely. Here are some ways to reconnect with yourself and others this summer:

Engage and Reconnect

Make time to spend with family and friends. Take a summer day trip or vacation with your family. Stay local and hang out with friends at a barbecue. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology developed the Positive Activity Jackpot(link is external)app as a tool for pleasant event scheduling in your area. The app allows you to plan group activities in a simple, helpful way. Give yourself permission to leave if an event becomes overwhelming, but make the commitment to go connect for a bit.

And thanks to technology, you can connect with others no matter where you live. You can easily reconnect with a relocated battle buddy via phone, text or social media. Real Warriors shares (link is external)how social media can help maintain and strengthen existing relationships, and develop new ones regardless of your location.

Read the full article "6 Ways to Avoid Isolation This Summer" on the DCoE blog: http://dcoe.mil/blog/17-07-14/6-ways-avoid-isolation-summer