Content provided by the Health & Wellness Team at GBS Benefits
In a world that focuses on likes, shares, followers, and views, it is easy to focus on quantity rather than quality. When developing a social network, it’s important to avoid this pattern and concentrate on genuine connections that provide support and positivity. Research indicates that individuals are shaped by the five people they interact with most. They shape mood, health, opinions, and ideas. With such a prominent impact, it’s crucial to choose a strong inner circle of close confidants and personal cheerleaders.
Feeling supported is essential in preventing isolation and promoting physical and emotional health. It also enhances self-esteem, lowers cardiovascular risks, and improves the ability to cope with stressful situations. Having a solid inner circle will provide a sense of comfort during times of need.
Inner circles are created over time and may include different people at different times of life. They should be carefully curated with people who listen, provide comfort, and brainstorm solutions. It can be worthwhile to reassess our current inner circle and ensure each relationship is positive and beneficial for our needs at the time. If the timing feels appropriate, consider the following important characteristics when building or reevaluating your inner circle.
- Find your cheerleader. These people motivate and help maintain hope for the future. They strengthen self-confidence and self-awareness, and they energize, boost your spirit, and cheer you up.
- Discover your confidant. This is the person on speed dial who you call with good or bad news and who is always there. They know your struggles and your goals. They are dependable, loyal, and honest.
- Learn from the dreamer. Find someone who inspires. Having people in our lives who want to keep growing and learning are the people who encourage you to take leaps of your own.
- Be challenged by an We all need people to challenge our thinking but who also create solutions. These are the people who prompt thought and push you beyond your comfort zones. They are not afraid to offer productive criticism to keep you sharp.
Friendships are certainly not a one-way street. While we rely on others, we also serve as a form of support for our friends, family, and neighbors. Sustain current relationships by taking time to connect regularly and reciprocate support. Don’t forget to internally check-in and properly return kindness to loved ones. Also be aware that not every friendship is forever. Relationships can ebb and flow as people change, and that is okay.
Surround yourself with people who are only going to lift you higher. Find those who have great and ambitious plans, meaningful purposes and are willing to work for their dreams.