Strengthen Your Relationships

Connections are the core of emotional wellbeing; here’s how to get closer.

Humans are social animals. We crave feeling supported, valued and connected. In times of stress, we really rely on our network. And during recent months, stress seems to be a frequent topic.  

Mental Health America found that more than 7 out of 10 people surveyed turned to friends and family in times of stress. 

To bolster the relationships you have, Mental Health America suggests:

• Making a list of the people you want to contact regularly. If necessary, add a reminder to your calendar.

• Committing to a certain amount of time together each day or week—without phones, iPods or other distracting contraptions. 

• Listening well. Repeat what you heard to make sure you understood.

• Asking for specific kinds of help. Even the best of friends can’t read your mind.

• Showing how much you respect, support and appreciate your friends and family. You may think positive thoughts, but sharing them works wonders.

• Moving out of relationships that make you feel unsafe, lower your self-esteem or draw you into unhealthy habits, like abusing drugs.

Investing in your good relationships can help bust stress and boost your wellbeing. 

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