Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. Like what the saying goes, “no man is an island.” Everyone needs to be part of a community – whether it be big or small – in order to thrive. Here are some of the benefits of maintaining healthy, non-toxic and mutual human connections.
1. Help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth. When we feel that we belong somewhere and are not alone, we are more resilient and cope more effectively with difficult times in our lives.
2. Give you an opportunity to share positive experiences. Establishing healthy connections gives you the chance to communicate and share thoughts with other people. Sharing stories and experiences, and the feeling of being heard, have a positive overall effect on our mental health.
3. Teach empathy and acceptance. Being exposed to different people from different walks of life makes us more aware of their experiences. It teaches us to understand and accept that people can be complex and that everybody is not the same.
4. Decrease stress levels. Social support can provide you with comfort when things feel unbearable. Chatting with friends improves mood, reduces stress and may even boost our immune system.
“Forming strong, healthy relationships with others means opening up, actively listening, and being open to sharing what you’re going through.” (White Ark) This takes work and effort but it sure is worth it! Strong relationships with friends and family members can improve your outlook in life and preserve your mental well-being. Connect with someone today!