Strengthening relationships

Overview

The relationships we have with other people are one of the most important factors in our wellness. Research has shown that people who have strong social support have better mental and physical wellness. They are less likely to struggle with problems such as low mood and worry.

Unfortunately, in the modern world, many of us suffer from loneliness. There are many possible reasons why somebody might struggle with social connection. Busy work schedules, mental health challenges, and substance use-related concerns can all affect our relationships.

Resources for Strengthening relationships

Barriers to strong relationships

Mental health and substance use concerns can make it harder to maintain relationships. For example, you might have trouble getting up the energy for social gatherings. Or you might feel anxious about social contact. 

There’s nothing wrong with skipping out on an event every now and then. But in the long run, withdrawing from your relationships is likely to do more harm than good. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of our lives “went digital.” It’s become more common to meet people online, or to study or work remotely. These options help us stay safe. But they also keep us away from other people. This can make us feel more lonely over time. 

Steps towards wellness

1. Reach out to friends & family

Make a point of scheduling time to spend with your friends or family.

Join an interest group in your local community, or find online spaces dedicated to your interests & passions.

We can only show up for the people we care about if our own needs are also being met. Make time for things like self-care.

If you’re lonely, don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed. Since before the pandemic, a growing number of people have been struggling with loneliness.

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