Creating and building YOUR social support

A strong social support network can be critical to help you through the stress of tough times. Benefits of having social support include: 

  • Improved physical health
  • Greater resilience to stress
  • Feeling of security
  • Improved mental well-being
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Greater life satisfaction

Types of support to have in your life

Social support is the help provided by family, friends, groups, or communities.  Support that helps to fulfill your basic social needs, such as love, belonging, and connectedness, provides you with a feeling of security and contentment. 

Emotional Support: Helps you to manage your emotions, and deal with stress, anger, or depression. This support may be by talking to someone who shows you empathy or understanding. 

Tangible Support: Helps you with practical problems, such as financial assistance, providing a ride to work, or help with childcare. 

Informational Support: Provides you with information that helps solve a problem or overcome a challenge. This might include advice or information about helpful resources.

Social Support Worksheet

CBT tools can have powerful and positive effects on our relationships. This social support worksheet will help you explore your current social support system and discover areas to build in additional support. 

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

Support #1 

Support #2 

Support #3 

 

Describe how each of your supports helps you (or could help you) with emotional, tangible, informational, and social needs. 

Support #1 

Support #2 

Support #3 

 

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

Support #1 

Support #2 

Support #3 

 

What specific steps could you take to utilize each support person better? 

Support #1 

Support #2 

Support #3 

 

How could your supports help you with a current problem? 

Support #1 

Support #2 

Support #3 

 

Tips on how to build more social support in your life

Since supportive family, friends and co-workers are an essential part of life, it’s important for you to cultivate these valuable relationships.

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

Become part of the community and participate in hobby groups, volunteering, or religious/spiritual 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. It can be rewarding to share your own story and provide support to others. 

Access professional support. Connect with a mental health professional who can help you solve problems that are more complicated or too difficult to tackle alone. 

Thank you to Therapist Aid for the great inspiration.