Having connections to other people and things you find meaningful can protect you against suicidal thoughts or make it easier to manage if such thoughts return.
Sometimes people feel disconnected from life and those around them leading into suicide thinking. This can be a good time to reconnect with the things that are really meaningful to you.
Work with people that you trust to help identify ways to reconnect with things you find meaningful. It can also be a time to discover new things that are important to you.
In the short-term, this could mean:
- catching up regularly with friends, neighbours and family members
- spending time doing things you enjoy
- joining a group for something you have always been interested in.
In the longer-term, this could mean:
- thinking about work and whether it is fulfilling for you, or considering voluntary work
- thinking about study, such as courses at TAFE or university
- taking a holiday to places that you have always wanted to see.
Other things to consider are:
- Lifestyle improvements – choosing to live a physically healthier life. Eating a balanced diet, drinking less alcohol, exercising a little each day and establishing a good sleep pattern can all be helpful.
- Meditation and relaxation – making sure relaxation is built into your routine; breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, yoga, spending time outdoors, and Tai Chi can be good ways to do this. There are many apps designed to provide easy access to mindfulness activities including: Smiling Mind and the Headspace meditation app.
- Interests and contributing – giving back to the community often helps our sense of purpose and connection with others. Think about what you used to find interesting or have been passionate about (such as animal welfare, environmental issues, swimming, astronomy, reading, playing music) and join an organisation that is involved in this.