Finding time for friendships can be difficult for the average adult. This can be due to prioritizing other things like work and family. However, friendships are important for overall health. Good friends are supportive, prevent loneliness, increase sense of belonging, increase confidence, and can reduce stress. Friendships have also shown to reduce the risk of depression, high blood pressure, and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). Here are our tips to make time for friendships:
Make plans in advance. If a time and date is set in place, it is more likely to occur. Make sure to put it on your calendar so no conflicts can arise.
Prioritize. Priorities tend to change during different stages in life. Children, spouses, and work can take over and it may be difficult to put health first. Making all aspects of health a priority, including social well-being, will help in making things like friendships, a priority.
Meet new people. This can seem difficult, but it is likely that you have met someone in the past that has the potential to be a good friend. This could be through social gatherings, mutual friends, or even friends that have lost touch. Some other ways to make friends is to attend a community event, volunteer, or take up a new hobby. Making new friendships will increase the likelihood of taking time for socializing.
Maintain friendships. It is important to be a good friend in order to keep relationships and have good friendships reciprocated. There are several simple ways to maintain friendships such as be kind, listen, open up, and be trusting. Find ways to keep in contact through the phone, text, or video sharing apps. Social media is a good way to maintain friendships, but it should not be the only way.
- Understand the health benefits of friendships.
- Schedule plans with friends in advance in order to have a set time and date.
- Prioritize social health along with other aspects of health.
- Get in touch with past acquaintances or go out of your comfort zone to make new friends.
- Keep up with good friends by being a good friend back.
Sources: Mayo Clinic, CDC. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.