What often gets overlooked in self care is the importance of a spiritual community.
We were meant to bond with each other. Not to commiserate, dump or distract, but to humbly share the hard stuff and celebrate the good stuff, and to serve and be served, as a regular part of our lives; to be in the discomfort and in the silence with each other as well as to laugh. This is the healing space.
This is a lot to put on just one person. It takes a community of highly intentioned and courageous people desirous of elevating and supporting each other’s spiritual development, which is to align with one’s essential nature that they may feel deeply comfortable in their own skin. Comfortable enough to be alone and also to be together without the mask.
If you are prone to depression, strongly consider cultivating the habit of regularly connecting with a spiritual community before it hits, because once it does, the tendency to isolate activates like a light switch. Within an active community, those tendencies lower tremendously, because serving each other, and being served, fulfills the soul,.. and a fulfilled soul is a complete soul.