Due to social distancing, many of us haven’t seen our friends for some time now, but maintaining friendships, even through this time, is still important. Eating well and exercising aren’t the only things that are important to our wellbeing. Friendship is important to our wellbeing also.
It’s important to understand the value of good friendships.
Good friends are good for your health. They can help reduce your stress and encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits. According to the Mayo Clinic, adults with strong social support have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including depression, high blood pressure, and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). Studies have even found that older adults with a rich social life are likely to live longer than their peers with fewer connections.
Good friends also provide a support system. They can improve your self-confidence and help you cope with traumatic situations that many of us face. Situations such as divorce, the death of a loved one, and even job loss. During hard times and when we’re at a crossroads, friends help put things in perspective for us.
Good friends can increase your sense of belonging and purpose. Many people (for one reason or another) are distant with their blood relatives, but luckily, friends are the family we get to choose. The right set of friends feel just like family. Real friends accept you yet encourage you to get better…and they don’t have any problem calling you out when you’re wrong. Sometimes, we need that reminder to stay on track.
At CWC Coaching, our team consists of licensed therapists, life coaches, and counselors. We assist clients with self-improvement, career development, negative self-talk, psychological pain, self-sabotaging behavior, past hurts and finding your purpose. If you are ready to increase your self-awareness and happiness, breakthrough limiting behavior and understand your purpose in life, we’d love to help guide you on this journey.