Support Systems: Why They’re Crucial
Life isn’t always easy, and we all deserve someone that we can depend on through thick and thin. Everyone needs to be listened to and offered truthful feedback.
Research suggests that having a support system has many positive benefits, such as higher levels of happiness, better coping skills and reduced anxiety and depression. Support systems look different for everyone; some small, others large, but all provide the basic need of giving and receiving emotional support.
The aim of a having a support group is to decrease stress. Start with who’s already in your life. Sort them into who is a positive presence and who is negative. These toxic relationships can emotionally drain you. Only invest your time and energy into people who make you feel good about yourself and support your goals and ambitions.
1. Evaluate your current family and friends not currently in your close circle.
2. Try new activities to meet different people.
3. Join a club or class of interest.
4. Stay busy using activity you’ll look forward to.
5. Let important people in your life know that you appreciate them.
6. Be okay with asking for help.
Support can come from anyone – family, friends, teachers, pets, neighbors or a mental health professional. Support comes in many forms, and it is helpful to have a variety of different resources to lean on in times of need.