Why a Strong Support System is Good for Your Health!
Did you know one of the keys to a long, healthy life is a great group of friends? Many studies have shown that those with a robust support system are healthier, happier, and live longer.
Yet many adults lack this type of support and friendship. As we get busy with families and careers, one of the first things we tend to neglect are our social lives. We get set in our routines, generally seeing the same people day after day.
So how do you make friends after 50? The best way to meet new people is to shake things up, step out of your comfort zone and try new things. It’s worth the effort because there are tremendous benefits to having a close-knit group of friends!
Benefits of a Strong Support System
Friends encourage healthy behaviours. It’s always more fun to take an exercise class or try a new activity with a buddy. You can motivate and inspire each other to stay accountable to your goals.
Loved ones help you beat stress. Whether it’s venting about a rough day at work, unwinding on the weekend, or taking a much-needed vacation, spending time with special people is essential for stress relief.
A social network provides emotional support. Those who frequently get support from loved ones, colleagues, and peers are less likely to report symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental and physical health issues.
Close friends build your confidence. Friends provide perspective when you’re feeling down on yourself, cheer on your success and encourage you to try new things.
Making Friends After 50 Starts with Meeting New People
While it may be out of your comfort zone, the best way to make friends is to put yourself out there and try new things. Remember that you’re not alone in your search; other people are also looking for connections.
- Join a group based on your interests. How about a trivia, book or gardening club?
- Volunteer in the community. You’ll meet new locals and help out a worthy cause.
- Reach out to friends you’ve lost touch with. Sometimes we grow apart from those who were close to us. But when you reconnect, it often feels like no time has passed.
- Make the most of social media. You’ll find many groups you can be part of, like business networking, community groups, or pages based on your favourite hobbies and activities.
- Take a class. Always wanted to learn French cuisine, yoga, or a second language? You’ll meet people, have fun, and learn something new.
- Attend local city council meetings. Being politically active on a local level is a great way to meet people who share your values.
- Invite co-workers to be social. We all tend to relax and open up more in social settings than we do in the office.
- Get a pet. Not only will you gain a furry companion, you can also join groups, go to the dog park, and meet other pet owners.
- Start a side hustle. You’ll make extra money, meet new people, and find a great sense of community.
Once you decide to be more social and seek out a new friend group, it will become increasingly easy to get out there and try new things. You never know where it may lead!