Episode by LIVIN Co-Founder: Sam Webb
In this episode of Webbs of Wisdom, I chat about the importance of social connections and building positive relationships.
Whether you’re a social butterfly or someone who prefers one on one interactions, there is no denying that the quality of your personal relationships affect your mental, emotional and physical well being. Studies have found that healthy relationships can contribute to lower rates of anxiety and depression and a higher self-esteem. On the flipside, loneliness can have a negative impact on your health including disrupted sleep patterns, elevated blood pressure and a weakened immune system.
Loneliness is not necessarily synonymous to being alone. In fact, many people live alone and have happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. But for others, myself included, it can feel like you’re in the depths of despair no matter how many loved ones are around and it seems that you simply can’t shake that feeling of being lonely.
Thankfully I discovered that you CAN do something to tackle that feeling of loneliness and I’m going to share some helpful ways I learned to overcome it in my own life. It’s all about looking at your current relationships. Maybe there are people in your life who are not good for you and your relationship has become toxic. Perhaps there are others that you really want to make more time for, or you might decide it’s time to make some new friends.
It’s so important that we cultivate and maintain a satisfying social life, one that is authentic, where you are free to be yourself and embrace other people for who they are. Not all strategies will work for everyone, so try some different approaches to see what works best for you.
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