STRENGTHEN YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM
Make relationships a priority Don’t take your partner or other loved ones and friends for granted. Take time to converse with them and to do things together. Recognize the importance of give and take If you appreciate the support, encouragement and interest of others, be sure to express your love and appreciation, and be ready to return the favor when the need arises. Respect boundaries Try to be there for your friends and family, but don’t overwhelm them. Avoid relentless complaining and negativity It’s tiresome and draining to listen to the same old gripes and negative viewpoints over and over again. Adopt a positive outlook If you have trouble doing this naturally, finding humor in things is a good way to go about it. Listen Minimize distractions while talking to others. If you tend to do most of the talking in a relationship, challenge yourself to spend time listening. Make a point to remember what’s going on in other’s lives – or bring up something a friend said in a previous conversation that you found meaningful.