Stress can come from a heavy workload, daily traffic jams, dealing
with a health problem or injury, taking care of someone who’s ill,
financial worries, relationship troubles, parenting, or major life
transitions like moving or starting a family. Whatever the source,
perhaps you cannot change the things that cause stress but you can
improve how you deal with stress. Social support can help you get
through stressful times by providing a sense of belonging, self-worth
Here are some tips to help you create, keep and strengthen vital connections in your life.
you need to be more connected to others? As with many goals, you’ll be
more successful at building strong connections if you create a workable
may find that among people you hardly know, one or more can become
trusted friends you can rely on—and support—in good times and bad. Even
if you feel that you’re so busy you don’t have time to keep up with
family and friends you already have, it doesn’t take much time to make
new friends. If you’re shy and hesitant about meeting new people, just
a few questions can get a conversation going. Think about neighbors you
pass regularly, co-workers, people in your exercise class, a cousin
you’ve lost touch with, or those who volunteer in the same
organizations you do. If you don’t already have people you can talk
with regularly about what’s on your mind, it’s worth the effort to
build connections for your emotional health.
great way to feel emotionally strong and resilient in times of stress
is to feel connected to a broad community. Think about the things you
like to do. You can expand your social network by looking into
community organizations that bring people together who share the same
interests. For instance, many communities have local biking, hiking or
walking groups. Is there something you’ve always wanted to do like
learning a new language? Take a class, or join a local group.
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