What types of social support can we have in our life?

Emotional Support: Help managing emotions, such as stress, anger, or depression. This support might include listening to problems and showing empathy.

 

Tangible Support: Help with practical problems, such as financial assistance, providing a ride to work, or help with childcare.
Informational Support: Providing information that helps solve a problem or overcome a challenge. This might include advice or information about helpful resources.

 

Social Needs: Fulfillment of basic social needs, such as love, belonging, and connectedness. This helps provide a feeling of security and contentment.

 

Benefits of having social support in your life:

1) Improved physical health

2) Greater resilience to stress

3) Improved self-esteem

4) Feeling a sense of security

5) Greater life satisfaction

6) Improved mental well-being

 

How can we build more social support in our life?

Attend to your existing relationships. Reach out to friends and family. Make it a priority to maintain your most important relationships, even when other areas of your life are busy.

 

Increase your community involvement. Participate in hobby groups, volunteering, faith or local interest groups. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and build a new support system.

 

Attend support groups. Connect with others who are dealing with similar problems or life experiences to you. It can be rewarding to share your own story and provide support to others.

 

Access and use professional support. Doctors, therapists, social workers, and other professionals can help you solve problems that are more complicated, or too difficult to tackle alone.

 

The Social Support Worksheet

The Social Support worksheet can help you learn about and explore the support system you currently have in your life. Have a go at answering the following questions as they aim to prompt and guide you in looking at how your social support can be used to help you deal with life’s challenges and current problems.

List three people, groups, or communities that provide you with social support.

 

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Describe how each of your social supports helps you (or could help you) with your needs, either emotionally, or practically.

 

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List any barriers that prevent you from fully utilizing each of your social supports.

 

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What specific steps could you take to better utilize your social supports?

 

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How could your social supports help you with a current problem?

 

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