Correct me if I’m wrong, but I imagine you have at least one friend for family member that you keep in touch with. This person supports you when your low, celebrates when you’re up, and is always there for you. As great as that support is, their role in your life still goes undervalued. There’s a reason social acceptance is in Maslow’s Hierarchy of of needs, because it is essential to our well-being!
An article in Time Magazine says that having good relationships, “protects your health as much as quitting smoking and a great deal more than exercise!”. This has the potential to extend your life by boosting your immune system, decrease your cardiovascular activation, and reducing stress.
The objective is to actively foster the relationships that are important to you but are no longer convenient. This means, make the time to be in touch with the people in your life and from your past. Whether that is on the phone, over Skype, or on Snap Chat, it doesn’t matter, as long as both of you know that you support each other and are committed to maintaining the relationship. That support, paired with being able to comfortably speak your mind and get things off you chest, will positively impact your health.
So don’t overthink it. They’re your friend for a reason and would love to hear from you! Send them a text that you’d love to catch up and chat, and be sure to make it happen.