As humans we crave social interaction and want to feel connected. Reaching out to others can help us to stay socially connected and cultivate our relationships. It can also help us when we’re going through difficult times.
Reaching out can lead to benefits in many areas in your life:
Enhance your professional life The people you work with are a key reason that people enjoy their jobs. Getting to know your colleagues can give you a sense of belonging, make work more fun and interesting, and help you feel comfortable to reach out if you feel your workload is too overwhelming or you’re experiencing difficulties.
Reaching out can also help you to find opportunities to progress your career, whether that’s in your current workplace, or if you’re searching for a new job.
Build stronger relationships Regularly checking in with your friends and family helps you to keep up with what’s happening in their lives and feel connected even if you’re in different places. They can be a voice of reason when you need it and make you feel grounded, supported and loved.
You could also send a private message on social media to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. Not only can this make their day, but it may lead to you reconnecting and catching up.
For newer friends, reaching out can give you a chance to get to know them better, find out what you connect on and common interests you may share.
Seek support when you’re struggling Even if you feel a little scared, reaching out to people can help you through the difficult times. Talking to someone you trust about how you’re feeling can help you process your feelings, put things in perspective, feel safe and supported, and give you a sense of relief. You may even form a stronger connection with the person and gain some helpful advice. There are also helplines you can call if you’re in crisis such as Lifeline and Beyond Blue.
Be brave and reach out to others – it can enrich your life!