3 Ways Good Friends Can Improve Mental Health
By Genevieve Cunningham
Good mental health is invaluable. You may not really understand just how important it is until your own mental health begins to suffer. Instead of waiting for something like this to happen, go ahead and be proactive. Start protecting yourself now, even if your mental health is in a good state. How? Start by making friends! If you want to live a happy life with good mental health, take a look at how good friends can help you do it.
They Can Offer Support
Everyone has times when they just feel down. When they feel anxious or depressed or upset in one way or another. Most of the time, this feeling passes and we're fine. But it's easier to get past these moments when we have a support group. Friends offer a kind of support that no one else can. They can be a sounding board, a place to go for advice, or someone to cry with you. And you can be the same for them. If you don't have much support, get out there and make some friends to turn this trend around.
They Provide Companionship
One of the worst things for your overall health is loneliness. If you don't have a good friend group, chances are good that you feel fairly lonely. When we have friends to hang out with, we have automatic companionship. We have people to experience life with and laugh with and to just be with. Get yourself a friend group that likes to get together (physically -- not online!), and you'll be that much closer to better mental health.
They Know You
Sometimes our mental health slips and we don't even notice. Because it often happens a little at a time, it's easy to miss. But friends can tell you when you don't seem like yourself. They can tell you when your mood has been unstable or when your anger is seeping out. They can tell you these things because they really know you. Surrounding yourself with people who know and understand you can give you an additional check and balance on your overall mental health.
If you don't have good friends, it's time to make some! Get out and be active. Introduce yourself to other people and make real connections. Friends can make a huge difference in your life and in your mental health. Improve both by surrounding yourself with good friends as soon as you can.
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