When we are stressed and feeling the weight of the world on our shoulders, we have a tendency to withdrawal from our social circles for fear of projecting our mood and troubles onto others. In fact, this is the worst time to withdrawal from that social circle. This connection with peers, co-workers, associates, neighbours, family, and friends will not only improve your mood, possible circumstances but also keep you healthier which in turn provide longevity. Stress can create various health problems such as headache, high blood pressure, heart disease, muscle tension, chest pain, stomach upset, sleep problems and many more.
Some hints and tips on staying connected for a healthier you:
- Keep or build strong relationships with friends and family. To do this make time for each other. It can be as simple as an evening BBQ, gab session or online group chat.
- Ask for help. We all want to help but sometimes we don’t know it is needed until someone asks.
- Learn something new that will excite you.
- Join a community group or adopt a hobby. What are you interested in?
- Use resources such as the Farm Family Support Center (workhealthlife.com / 1-844-880-9142).
- Be active with friends and family. One way my friends and family do this is by going on trips on our ATV/UTV’s on the trails all over Nova Scotia. There can be as many as 19 of us at any one time and we always have a great deal of fun. No matter our stresses, this always resets us. Especially when we come across views like this!
View from Castle Rock in Lunenburg County.