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Supportive People Are Astoundingly Good For Your Health: Find Out Why

By Alison

June 1, 2021

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When it comes to your health, supportive people are essential. 

Take a moment to think about the people in your life.  The ones that you think of first are usually the ones you just love to be around.  They’re fun, and they make you happy.  They are also the ones you turn to when life is tough.  They provide:

  • a shoulder to cry on
  • sound advice when you’re confused
  • an in-built bull-shit alarm when someone is mean to you

But, did you know that these supportive people are also good for your health?

There are 7 health benefits for being surrounded by supportive people.

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Provide A Sense Of Belonging

We are all social animals, and nothing helps your mental state better than knowing you’re not alone.

There are also health issues related to loneliness that I cover in another section.

When you know that someone likes and respects you, there is a strong sense of belonging.  Your self-confidence and emotional well-being rise as a result.

You Know Your Purpose

When you have clarity about your purpose in life, supportive people encourage you.  They’re there to protect you from disappointment and discouragement when things go wrong.  And let’s face it, life is not a bowl of cherries most of the time!

But, they are also your biggest cheerleader, especially when it comes to realising your goals.  When you want to make a success of your life, having goals to aim for is essential.  When the going gets tough, they ensure you keep going.  Whether that’s a helping hand or a kick up the bum – they know what works best for you.

supportive people comfort you in bad times

In good times and bad, a friend will always support you

Supportive People Are There For You In Good Times And Bad

There are times in our lives when we encounter moments of profound loss.  At times like this, having supportive people can be life-changing.

When you need to deal with grief and depression, supportive friends are crucial.  They help you through those moments of sadness.  Without getting too poetic – they provide light in times of darkness.

An ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on helps you deal with emotional trauma.  Without your friends, it would be hard to get through it.

They Hold You Accountable

I know that I’m far more successful in achieving my goals when I have supportive people around me.

When you work towards something that you really want, it can be challenging.  But when you have someone to encourage you and, when necessary, call you out on things you’ve missed, you’re more likely to see the goal through.

Take exercise or dieting, for example; when you have someone to support you or even go through it with you, you’re more likely to succeed. 

Besides, it’s hard to cheat when someone is checking up on you!

Friends are a great stress buster

Friends help you release anxiety, frustration and stress

Supportive People Help Reduce Your Stress

If you’ve ever got wound up about something someone has said or done, you’ll appreciate having a supportive person to vent to—someone you trust.

When you hold emotions in, it’s damaging to your mental health and well-being.  When you try to bottle up your feelings, it causes stress.  There is also a danger that you could explode later or take your frustration out on someone else.

When you have someone to talk to, it

  • reduces your stress
  • protects your mental health
  • puts things into perspective

We all need to vent sometimes, but finding a constructive way to let off steam is better than exploding at an innocent victim who just happens to cross your path at the wrong time.

Top Tip – let the person know that you are venting to them. Otherwise, they might try and offer solutions that could wind you up more.

You’re Physically Healthier

I recently wrote about how journaling can have physical health benefits. The same is true when you have supportive people around you.

When you enjoy healthy relationships with others, you experience less stress. 

Less stress leads to stronger immune systems, and consequently, you’re less likely to become ill.  You will also recover faster from the occasional cold that crops up.

But don’t take my word for it.  A study conducted in 2010  found that the quality and quantity of your social relationships impact both mental and physical health.

In the UK, a survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that 10% of people often feel lonely.  Our current-day work practices or working long hours doesn’t help.  The study even stated that a lack of friends is just as dangerous or risky to health as smoking.

So, if you want to be healthy, spend time with friends.

if you want to be healthy spend time with supportive people

Have a healthier approach to life with friends

You Live Longer

When you consider all of the benefits highlighted so far, having supportive people around you means you’ll have a healthier outlook on life.  You’re more likely to have:

  • Less stress
  • Greater happiness
  • More contentment

And, when you add all this together, it means that when you have better health overall, you will live longer.

To Sum Up

When it comes to your health, supportive people are essential.

Besides: you

  • Already like your friends
  • Want to spend time with them
  • No extra effort required (I’m sure you already put a lot of effort into your friendships that happen naturally)

Simply put, supportive people like your friends are guaranteed to change your life for the better.  It’s just a case of doing what you already like to do; spend time with people you enjoy being with and who make you feel good.

So, what are you waiting for – make a date with your bestie and enjoy a mutual health boosting coffee break.

About the author

Life is complicated. We get caught up in the should, need and must do's. I know I did. For many years I lived a life where I was more concerned about pleasing others and keeping up appearances. Until I became ill. I'm on a mission to help women overcome their issues of self-doubt, build their confidence and shine at work. After 30 years as a senior HR Manager, Trainer and coach I want to share what I've learnt. I believe you already have confidence within you. It's time for you to shine. I know you can be successful without the stress. Let me show you how.

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