Developing and nurturing your personal relationships can
help you lower your stress level. The following suggestions can benefit both
your relationships and your mental health:
Visit with friends and family. Take time to make
a phone call, send an email, or write a quick note.
time with your spouse, even though this can be a challenge when you have young
children. These dates can be as simple as watching a movie together after your
child is in bed. But also consider taking bigger chunks of time when you
are able to.
Make new friends. Establishing new contacts with people
who have similar lifestyles can help you feel that someone understands your
If you feel too exhausted to talk to or relate
with the people important to you, tell them. Explain your feelings to them.
This communication can help you both feel better.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerSteven Locke, MD - Psychiatry Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health