Did you know that your close relationships can actually help to reduce stress?
- Social relationships relieve stress because they act as a support system, helping you feel better about yourself. Reduced stress, helps improve your immune system, regulate insulin and stave off problems with your coronary arteries.
- Happiness increases when you are with a group of people you care about. When members of your family are happy, the effect can be “contagious.”
- Close relationships are vital to helping you through times of stress. Being able to talk with someone you trust about your problems or daily life is a significant stress reducer. That person doesn’t have to try to fix the problem, just listen.
- Research shows that those who have a strong social network stay healthier and actually live longer.
- Having friends & family to turn to in a time of need is reassuring and comforting. By building strong relationships, you are also developing emotional health for yourself and those you are close with.
- Studies have shown that when friends and family members come to you for support your feelings of self-worth increase.
An important element of this to remember is that the goal of building your social network is to reduce stress, not add to it. If you have a relationship that drains your energy instead of increasing it, you might want to rethink your relationship with that person.
The bottom line is that building strong relationships that are loving and supportive will reduce your stress, improve your health and increase your longevity.
Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world-renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement.