Human connection is at the very centre of everything we are – it’s what carries us through challenges, what gives us purpose, and what makes life feel richer every single day. We all know that life can feel a lot easier and more fulfilling when shared, but the truth is that this fact goes deeper than just a feeling. Strong relationships can truly impact our mental and physical health in a big way. With that in mind, today we’re talking about how to prioritize, foster, maintain and strengthen connections, and ultimately reap all the mutual benefits that go along with consistent, healthy and gratifying relationships with those we love and value – no matter which stage of life you happen to be navigating.
For some, the idea of putting effort into new and longstanding relationships might feel like a chore, or something you simply don’t have the time for. But we firmly believe that this is a worthwhile pursuit if you want to live a more rewarding life. Understandably, many out there are in the middle of major life shifts, such as moving to another city, starting a family, career advancements, retirement, becoming empty nesters, etc. While these life events can be hectic and stressful in nature, they make an even stronger case for strengthening relationship ties. Entering a new life stage can be daunting, and knowing there’s a support system to lean on is an invaluable resource. For example, as a travel nursing agency, AHCS supports our healthcare rockstars through the exciting career path that is travel nursing – but at the same time, those who choose this path will find a much more enriching experience in building new connections with locals of the city they’re working in…connections that could last a lifetime.
Let’s talk about some of the things we can all do on a regular basis to build and maintain our support networks and create more meaningful lives:
- Expand your support system by making new acquaintances – this can be done through community programs and activities with other like-minded individuals. For example, if you love hiking and the outdoors, seek out group hiking opportunities/events and you’ll be sure to find and grow your pack.
- Prioritize quality time with close friends the same way you would your health. Consider putting a day on the books each month – maybe it’s a fun activity or maybe it’s simply getting together for lunch. Staying caught up on the lives of those you care about is important, and will allow you to feel equally supported when the time comes that you need to call on someone who knows you and what you’re going through.
- Rediscover old friendships with those that you may have fallen out of touch with over the years. There are many ways to reconnect, such as Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. When you do manage to connect, it might even feel like no time has passed, and renewing that friendship could be incredibly valuable to both parties.
- Find time for extended family members, even if they don’t live close by. Video chats are great for filling that metaphorical cup, making it feel as though you are closer than ever, even if it’s not possible to execute a physical reunion. On the other hand, something as simple as starting a group text chat with family members can provide everyone with a daily dose of familial affection and communication – reinforcing that special feeling of togetherness.
- Don’t be afraid to allow for the natural progression and evolution of old and new friendships. Sometimes, friendships grow apart – and that’s ok. Similarly, new friendships may come from unexpected places and life stages, and can be a beautiful thing. Be open to all different kinds of friendships – those with age gaps, those outside the workplace, and those that form through mutual interests. As we age, our friendship styles might also change, which is completely normal.
From all of us at Advanced Home Care Solutions, we hope you all see the benefits of prioritizing strong, fulfilling relationships – both old and new.