How to Build a Support System
Staying connected with other people is essential to your happiness, self-esteem and ability to cope when difficulties arise. While you may recognize the importance of a support system, building that network of healthy, supportive people can feel easier said than done.
If you’re struggling to build a healthy support system, here are some ways to surround yourself with people who care about your success.
Types of Personal Support Systems
A support system is made up of individuals who provide help, respect and care. There are many different types of personal support:
- Emotional support systems: These are the people in your corner who don’t judge and always give genuine feedback with your best interest at heart.
- Professional support systems: Whether at school or on the job, these are your professional connections who help you work toward your goals.
- Social support systems: While you may not share a close bond, these are connections with people from the community that positively influence your life.
Tips for Building a Support System
We all need people. So how do you overcome the busyness of modern life and build a healthy support system for your life? Here are some tips to get you started.
1. Figure out Who Is a Healthy Support in Your Life
Make a list of the people you know are already in your corner, including family, friends, counselors and acquaintances in your community. Then ask yourself:
- Do they respect you?
- Do you trust them?
- Do they bring out your best qualities?
- Do they help you feel happier or more positive?
If the answers are yes, then it’s time to foster those relationships.
2. Build on Existing Bonds
Some of the best sources of support are already right there. Whether it’s a friend you’ve lost touch with or a budding relationship, there are simple ways to build existing bonds:
- Stay connected through phone calls, texts and emails.
- Tell these people how important they are to you.
- Allow them to confide in you when times are tough.
- Accept help when needed.
3. Embrace Shared Interests
If you need to build out your support system, there are undoubtedly like-minded souls in your community. A great way to build connections and friendships is through regular interaction. There are many ways to meet people in your community:
- Join a gym or sports team.
- Sign up for a class or hobby group.
- Start a book club.
4. Expand Your Professional Connections
If you’re more career-minded, you may want to focus on your professional support network. These are people in and out of your field who can help you advance your career or offer advice along the way. Other career-focused people can help you understand and overcome work-related stress better than anyone.
5. Seek Professional Guidance
Support may mean reaching out to a therapist, counselor or addiction professional when you need help. During times of serious trouble, having a trained professional who can guide you, help you uncover weaknesses and serve as part of your personal support system can make all the difference.
Build a Strong Support Network for Your Recovery Journey
If you’re struggling to rebuild a life damaged by addiction, an encouraging support system is essential to your Recovery journey. At 7 Summit Pathways, our personalized addiction program offers a safe space where you can break free from drugs or alcohol. We also serve as a vital source of support at every stage of your Recovery. Contact us today to take your first step toward a better life.