Today’s digital age has made it easier to keep in touch with friends and family around the clock, while also making it more challenging to spend quality time together in person. Messaging apps and social media make online communication simple, but chatting through these mediums doesn’t provide the same experience as getting together face to face.
As the Christmas school holidays approach, now is a great time to start planning meetups with close friends. Even if it’s just getting together for a walk or spending time catching up at someone’s house, it’s essential to take time to see your loved ones. Here are three key mental health benefits of getting together with friends.
Enjoying time with your loved ones has been proven to reduce your stress levels. Not only can you partake in the activities you most enjoy when you are with your friends and family, but they can also listen to your problems and provide suggestions to help make life easier.
If you’re feeling stressed, try meeting up with a close friend at a local park or beach and going for a walk. As you take in the beautiful scenery, you may feel more at ease to open up about anything that’s bothering you. You will feel better just getting the stress off of your chest, and your friend can help you create a plan to tackle the problems you’re experiencing.
Create long-lasting memories
If you think about the best memories in your life, what do they have in common? Most likely, you experienced those great times with close friends and family members.
Replicate those memorable times by regularly getting together with your friends. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s difficult to make time for frequent socialising, but the mental health benefits of getting together can pay off tremendously.
If you need an idea for what to do, why not spend time doing productive activities together? For example, the next time you need to study or do holiday shopping, ask a friend to join you. You’ll feel better knowing that you’re crossing items off your to-do list while enjoying quality time with a loved one.
Try new activities
Is there a new sport or activity you’ve been waiting to try but haven’t yet? Maybe you have wanted to attend a yoga class or participate in boxing training, but have found it intimidating to try something new by yourself.
Get over your fear by asking a friend to try the activity out with you. Perhaps they’ve done the activity before or maybe they’re a newcomer as well. Either way, you will feel more comfortable having the support of a close friend with you as you show off your adventurous side.
Check out the listing of programs at your local NSW PCYC club to get some inspiration. Maybe you’ll find something you’ve always wanted to try but hadn’t considered. You’ll find an extensive list of activities at PCYC, from fitness to creative arts.