What does your support network look like?
There is always someone we can count on.
It could be a family member, friend, co-worker, neighbour, community member or health network.
Your network can help you bounce back from challenges and changes, and celebrate your successes. They are the
ones who provide you with a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear or a helping hand.
Who is in your support network?
Think about the different people in your life who you can rely on for emotional or practical support.
Who could you talk to about your personal life? Who could help you with a task or errand?
Who cheers you up if you’re feeling low? Who do you enjoy doing activities or hobbies with?
How can you look after your support network?
If you have been able to identify a few people who you can rely on during a tough time, you’ve got yourself a good foundation.
To ensure your support network remains strong, it is good to put in some energy to maintain these relationships.
Here are some simple tips you can follow to ensure that your relationships are solid:
– Show your appreciation
– Tell those in your support network how important they are and thank them for their support.
– Stay in touch – remember to keep in contact with your support network on a regular basis.
– Accept help – those in your support network often want to feel like they have helped you out.
– Reciprocate – be there when someone in your support network needs you.
How can you build your support network?
If you think your support network could do with a boost, there are many ways you can create connections.
You could try:
– Joining a sporting team, group or club.
– Going to a community event.
– Reconnecting with an old friend
– Striking up a conversation with someone you see often but don’t necessarily speak to.
– Inviting your neighbour or coworker to have a cuppa.
Maintaining or building on your support network now is important. We turn to our our support network during tough times, b ut its good to have our support network in place before we need them.