At times we may feel that we need to do things on our own without anyone else's help. Sometimes this can be cathartic other times it can leave you with a feeling of loneliness and a mild feeling of despair. It is very important for everyone to understand that we are not islands. We have support in friends, family and colleagues. It may be difficult at times to lean on this support due to issues that may have come up in your current or previous relationships. However, it is important to nurture and grow our support system.
If you look back, you may see that at different points in your life, you relied on different people for different things. Depending on our age, needs, wants and desires, we have turned to different people in our support system to assist with different areas of our lives. It is just as important to be a support to others, as it is to be supported. Having a good support system is a two way street, we need to support those in our lives just as those people support us.
Below are 5 advantages of having a strong support system:
1. Sense of belonging: A sense of belonging is important throughout our lives. We need to thrive, not just survive. With a good support system, we can thrive and reach our potential in whatever area we are striving.
2. Reduce Stress: A strong support system aids in stress reduction. Venting and spending time with loved ones reduces our anxiety and helps us decompress after a stressful day.
3. Improve overall health and well being: A good support system helps with our overall physical health throughout our lives and especially as we age.
4. Emotional support: An emotional support system is very important as good emotional health and well being can increase overall health. A strong support system is pertinent to good emotional health.
5. Improved self esteem: When we have people we can rely on and who can rely on us for support, we feel better about ourselves. It is always good to feel as though we have some people rooting for us on the sidelines.
Sometimes we find ourselves in a new city or location where we do not know anyone. If this is the case, try volunteering, take a class, music lessons, join a group such as a running or quilting group, the idea is to find other people with similar interests as our own. As adults, many of us find like minded people at our place of work, other times that is not the case. Look for organizations or meet up groups in an interest area and try to slowly build a support system in your new area.
Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a replacement for treatment or therapy.