Other people are good for our Well-Being
Sometimes when you’re stressed, the LAST thing you want to do is spend time with other people, but guess what, connecting with others is one of the best ways to reduce your stress level!
Socialization, or enjoying other people’s company and maintaining a sense of connectedness to others, is an important component of stress reduction. Joining a club or group, chatting online, calling a friend on the phone, or hanging out with family are all examples of socialization. These activities decrease a sense of loneliness while promoting feelings of safety, security, belonging and enjoyment. – MentalHelp.net
Even if other people are the cause of your stress, they can be the cure thanks to the hormone called oxytocin.
Stressed people who have adequate levels of social support receive an oxytocin boost which helps them feel less anxious, more confident in their ability to cope, and more drawn to other people (thus perpetuating the positive cycle of social support). – MentalHelp.net
If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, reach out to others. This is the heart of Relational Well-Being- people helping each other. It can also be called altruism. When you put others first, your activate parts of your brain that also reduce stress and lower anxiety levels.
Altruistic individuals have better life adjustment overall and tend to see life as more meaningful. In addition, altruism is associated with better marital relationships, a decreased sense of hopelessness, less depression, increased physical health, and enhanced self-esteem. Altruism also tends to neutralize negative emotions that affect immune, endocrine and cardiovascular function. – MentalHelp.net
Being a good person helps you feel better, so why wouldn’t start doing nice things for others?
If you’re looking for a good place to start connecting with others, try a simple phone call. Not a text, but a person-to-person call. This allows you to focus on the person you’re talking to and dive deeper than texts would allow. It will benefit you both! You could also take it one step further and meet for lunch or dinner. We would suggest a fresh, healthy, and affordable place like BIBIBOP Asian Grill. Our stores are designed to help you connect. Find a pod an dive into your bowls and your conversation!