Do or Die.
Do you have a support system, or are you a lone-ranger have-it-all? There comes a time … ! No one is an island and times are perilous for both the haves and haves not. I know that with certainty as a survivor in this Covid season. Around me people are perishing, some taken ill; others are losing livelihoods as circumstances change. But we cannot lose hope as the psalmist honed it in the Psalms 23 & 121!
A support system can be defined as a group of individuals (family, church, chama, cooperative, friends, association, club, choir, etc) that we consider important, positive impacts on our life. They are people that we may rely on for resources, call on when we are in crisis, or those that we share experiences with – positive and negative. Research has shown that having a strong support system has many positive benefits, such as higher levels of well-being, better coping skills, and a longer and healthier life. Studies have also shown that social support can reduce depression and anxiety. A strong support system can often help reduce stress. Some traits that accompany a healthy support system include accountability, fellowship, the sharing of common experiences, and a sense of purpose. Having a support system provides a level of accountability to help us achieve our goals or triumph over adversity.
Why is it important to have a support network? Although both support groups and support networks can play an important role in times of stress, a social support network is something we develop when we’re not under stress. It provides the comfort of knowing that our friends are there for us if we need them. There’s is no shame in reaching out and genuinely seeking help when necessary needs arise for someone to hold our #LivingForward as we Keep Going