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What is support network?

What is a support Network?

Having a strong support network is highly beneficial to your well-being. Knowing that you can turn to people when times get tough can be extremely helpful.

Your support network should contain people who you trust will be able to provide support for you in different situations. Sometimes that support is instrumental, providing you with something you might need like a cooked meal when you’re sick or too busy with study or work. This support helps when you have an immediate need that can be met. Support can also be informational, these are the people you might turn to for advice, information or to help you make big decisions.

This support helps when you’re stressed about problems or certain issues. Sometimes the support is emotional, they can back you up when you need it or be a shoulder to cry on when things aren’t going well. This type of support is important when you’re stressed or feeling lonely. All forms of social support can be important depending on your needs at the time.

Why are they a good idea to have

Social support is thought to be incredibly beneficial to our overall well-being. Having people you know you can trust can influence healthy behaviours (i.e. exercise), increase our ability to cope with stress and, increase our motivation. Knowing that you have this support can be as beneficial as using the support. Supportive relationships, where appropriate, should be reciprocal.

Create Your Support Network

Think of up to 3 people you could turn to when times get tough, or maybe you’ve already experienced their support. If you can only think of one, that’s ok.

Next, we are going to set two goals on strengthening your support network. You can always add more goals at a later date through.

Support Network Goal 1

Choose a person from your support network that you want to reinforce a reciprocal relationship with. How are you going to reinforce this relationship?

Support Network Goal 2

Good communication is a great way to build and reinforce your support. if someone has been there for you in the past, think of a small gesture or way that you can show your appreciation to them now.

A final Thought

The people you have in your support network can be integral when you’re facing stressful or worrying times. Knowing who you can turn to for help, advice or a shoulder to lean on can alleviate the pressure we may face.

Work on these relationships when things are going well, and be sure to show your gratitude when you get through your tough time. Check out the resource on gratitude to see why this can also benefit your wellbeing.