The Power of a Balanced and Healthy Friendship
Friendships are vital for our wellbeing and in them we create some of the most powerful bonds we can experience throughout our existence. But with that term, which is friendship, there come many broad meanings to it, that can mean different things to different people. Our overall being can impact the way we view and experience that friendship. Most of the typical friendships are formed through:
- People you know and with who you have a mutual affection.
- A sense of connection, companionship, support, and understanding.
- Sharing time, experiences, and confidences.
- Give and take such that sharing is, perceived to be a two way street.
Benefits of Healthy Friendships
Connecting with other people is one of the most urgent impulses of us humans. With examples of life experience and research, having a life with the inclusion of friends helps makes us better adjusted in life. Having healthy friends helps to deal against negative mental health outcomes. Friendships improve our confidence and self-worth, help us cope with serious life events or trauma like break-ups, illness, or losing a job, improve our feeling of belonging and encourage us to avoid unhealthy behaviors or change them when it comes to numeros things in life.
Toxic or Unhealthy Friendships
While close friendships often serve in order to bring usz positive, protective, and healthy feelings, some friendships can have the opposite effect causing antagonism, conflict, and inequality in ourselves and the overall friendship. These relationships are considered toxic, unhealthy for our us. Examples of toxic friendships include:
- Encouraging harmful behavior.
- Having an unbalanced relationship or a relationship that’s a one-way street (all give, no take or all take and no give)
- Continuing to think and repeatedly talk about shared worries, wounds, or challenges, with no solution or alleviation.
Tips for Supporting Friends
- Connect Regularly ( message or even a simple call)
- Share your own struggles in order to make them like they have someone.
- Know when they need help
- Take care of yourself ( Don’t forget to also take care of yourself while supporting your friend)
NOURISH YOUR FRIENDSHIPS !