5 Benefits of friendships to your health

5 Benefits of friendships to your health
Friendship matters in our lives. Not all friends are worth dying for though. Good friends communicate effectively, they don’t shy away from telling the truth no matter how bad it is. Good friends accept you for you even when you disagree with each other. A healthy friendship is all about mutual support, a good friend will not expect you to help them out always, but they also support you when they can.

5 Benefits of friendships to your health

Friendships can have a significant impact on one’s overall health and well-being. Here are a few ways in which friendships can benefit an individual’s health:

  • Stress Reduction

At a point, everyone faces some amount of stress. Stress may be in the form of small or large doses, it can quickly pile up and eat you up no matter how minor it seems at first. Stress can be in the form of anxiety, depression, irritability. According to research conducted by Healthline, prolonged stress can contribute to insomnia, poor immune health, digestive problems, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Friendship helps reduce stress. Whenever you feel upset or worried about something, good friends can help navigate your way through by brainstorming you with some solutions.

  • Emotional Supports

Some friendships are ride-or-die; they can offer you a significant amount of emotional support in times of need. Friends may support you by validating your feelings, distracting you when you feel sad or upset, etc. “Relationship experts generally advise maintaining friendships with people besides your partner, as this can benefit emotional health alongside relationship health.

  • Personal Development

Good friendships can have positive impacts on your life. If you want to create positive change in your life or break a bad habit, friends can help you maintain your resolve to practice healthier habits. This may be one reason why strong friendships can lengthen your life. A good company can help you change your life for the better. For example; if your best friend’s last decision was to quit smoking, this may have a positive influence on your life as the saying goes “birds of the same feathers flock together”.

  • Reduced loneliness and social isolation

Loneliness and social isolation can affect mental and physical well-being. Ever heard of the saying “lonely in a crowd”, You can have plenty of friends and still feel lonely, even though you aren’t isolated. On the other hand, a few close friends can help you avoid loneliness even though they may be far away. Distance and other factors might prevent you from physically hanging out, but simply knowing you share a strong connection can help you feel less alone.

  • Support through challenges

 Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes, it can get downright awful. At some point, we all go through traumatic and difficult times that affect our emotional and psychological well-being. These may be in the form of breakups or divorce, unemployment, death of a loved one, financial problems, etc.

Any of these challenges can significantly affect your emotional and mental health. However, by having strong friendships, you’ll probably find it easier to handle whatever life throws at you. According to a study by Cambridge University in 2017.

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