Spending quality time with friends is important, not just for our social lives, but also for health and stress relief.
Most of us relish our time with friends. Even most kids routinely ask for more “play dates.” Still, it’s easy to put friendship on the bottom of our “to do” list.
If your stress won’t let up and you feel like you’ve tried everything, it could be time to call on a trusted friend.
Making plans for a little decompression and fun with friends could be exactly what your health needs.
Whether introverted or extroverted, people need social connection, especially when under stress.
We all go through complicated emotions and have life challenges that we need support with.
At the end of a hard day, sometimes the best therapy is to connect with a friend or group of friends.
Furthermore, there is clear scientific evidence that our social connections work wonders for our health.
If making friends and social settings are tough for you, challenge yourself to make healthy changes.
Loneliness has been found to lower immune defenses, and increase risk for heart problems and stroke.
You can have your alone time, but it’s important to network and connect with other people, too.
Reach out to a few of your current, trusted connections. You may find your friends miss you and want to stay in touch.
Sign up for a class or group that interests you. This is an easy way to connect with people with similar hobbies. A few good examples: hiking, gardening, foraging, making jewelry or art.
If you’re working on your health, get involved in an exercise or healthy cooking class. Following a healthy lifestyle is easy and fun when you’re surrounded by like-minded people. Australian research shows the healthier your friends are, the healthier you are as well.
Don’t be afraid to try new things. If a friend suggests a sport, game or new hobby, give it a chance. If it’s a challenge, even better! Problem solving is much easier when you work as a team.
While connection is critical to health, it’s important to develop the right support system.
Be discerning when choosing your friends. As you move forward, work to let go of Toxic Relationships that cause you stress.
Find people who inspire you, make you laugh and feel good about yourself. This is your tribe. Look for similarities in lifestyle, but also be open to differences.
Finding and connecting with the right people can change your entire life, increase your health, and open up possibilities you may have never thought possible before!