A close friend is one of the most important figures in our lives. While families provide support and care, a close friend is usually someone our age who shares similar interests and knows the pressures surrounding our specific peer group. Having someone to confide in can greatly improve our overall well being and feeling of belonging.
Periodically, people ask how we are doing, and our usual response, “good”, is quickly muttered right after, worried about judgement if we tell them how we really are. A good friend will look at you and smirk, “no, really, how are you?” Honest communication is the base of all strong friendships. Sharing our feelings with another helps us cope. This gives a new perspective. Instead of fighting an emotion in our head, another viewpoint can clear up or solve an issue.
Having a motivating figure in life is something everyone needs. Sometimes it is difficult to find the courage to get out of a slump and we need a push. A friend can be an outlet to try new things. Perhaps, they are into fitness and show you the ropes? Play the guitar and show you the strings? As new, exciting activities consume us, the potential to meet more and more people grows. All it takes is a “yes” mentality, and breaking out of a comfort zone to see our potential.
Mental health conditions can be isolating. It can be difficult to reach out to someone, but having someone listen to us or talk to us about how we are doing can make a big difference in how we are feeling. Friends show their support in different forms. Sometimes, having their presence is all we need, others, their comforting conversation puts our minds at ease. If you are worried about your mental health, reach out to a friend for support.