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Friendship can be simple and straight forward but it can also be chaotic… Sometimes it depends how you look at it. The dichotomy of friendship can present both challenges and rewards.
Our friendships are among the most valuable relationships we have. We gain in various ways from different friendships.
Our friends may annoy us, but they can also keep us going. Either way, friendship is a crucial element in protecting our mental health. We need to talk to our friends and we want to listen when our friends want to talk to us.
Our friends can keep us grounded and can help us get things in perspective. It is worth putting effort into maintaining our friendships and making new friends.
Friends form one of the foundations of our ability to cope with the problems that life throws at us. There are times when we might feel adrift, surrounded by people yet disconnected from the world around us. Sometimes all it takes is reaching out to the people around you to re-anchor yourself in your community. Mates get your jokes. Co-workers offer support. Your spouse hugs you hello. They all help you bust stress and boost well-being. In fact, Mental Health America found that 71 percent of people surveyed turned to friends or family in times of stress.
Friends are not only are our rocks….
The reality is, having a community and strong friendships that you can rely on when times get tough is crucial to mental and physical health. Navigating life can be challenging — and those we rely upon in times of stress, happiness and everything in between become our support. A study done on millennials found that we are likely to live without a romantic partner.
Researchers are finding that friendship is imperative is to mental health. It makes sense: The lack of a committed life partner can point to a lack of support in life.
Good friendships can benefit our mental health in so many ways: Friends reduce stress, make us laugh, help us feel known and understood, motivate us to take care of ourselves and reach higher, and fulfill the basic need of belonging. In a of studies, friendship and social support have been linked to better physical health outcomes too, like lower rates of heart disease. On the other hand, loneliness has been linked to health-risk factors such as high blood pressure and cardiac disease.
One such study published in the Annals Connections and friendship Behavioral Medicine in revealed that young men and women who discussed difficult parts of their lives had a lower pulse and blood pressure when a supportive friend accompanied them. Being a good friend is a lengthy endeavour and not without its challenges, but like most things in life — it only get better with time. Deepening friendships require effort, patience and understanding — qualities that thrive with mutual respect and love.
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