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    Importance of Personal Relationships for Lowering Stress

    Importance of Personal Relationships for Lowering Stress

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    Developing and nurturing your personal relationships can help you lower your stress level. The following suggestions can benefit both your relationships and your mental health:

    • Visit with friends and family. Take time to make a phone call, send an email, or write a quick note.
    • Make "date" time with your spouse, even though this can be a challenge when you have young children. These dates can be as simple as watching a movie together after your child is in bed. But also consider taking bigger chunks of time when you are able to.
    • Make new friends. Establishing new contacts with people who have similar lifestyles can help you feel that someone understands your daily challenges.
    • If you feel too exhausted to talk to or relate with the people important to you, tell them. Explain your feelings to them. This communication can help you both feel better.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
    Steven Locke, MD - Psychiatry
    Last Revised May 15, 2012

    Last Revised: May 15, 2012

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