One of the most important factors in mental and emotional health is having a support system that understands us and can help us work through problems.
Support systems can give us advice, help us to learn new skills, keep us on the right track, and hold us accountable to do what needs to be done.
For instance, research reveals that married couples are better able to cope and manage health concerns more effectively together. Women whose husbands were involved in their health care issues, specifically breast self-examination, were more likely to do the examinations and stay on a consistent schedule.
Some estimates say we should have at least 5 different support sources that we can turn to, and fortunately there are numerous outlets to begin building a support system.
Different types of support systems:
Friends and family – The more supportive people you have in your life the more effective your support system will be. Who do you have in your life that can serve as a support?