Staying Connected When You’re Too Busy Bother

Staying Connected When You’re Too Busy  Bother

We’ve all had those weeks or months.  The kind where life is work, home, sleep, repeat.  It’s times like this when it is easy to disconnect from friends, your spouse, or your family.  You’re too busy to stay connected, right?  Wrong.

According to an article in the New York Times, friends and family are of key importance when it comes to your longevity, which is more important than your busy job.  In a study done by the University of Virginia, participants were took to the top of a steep hill.  Those with friends to stand next to gave lower estimates of the steepness of the hill.  In addition, the longer they had been friends, the less steep the hill appeared.  Staying connected to friends will help keep you sane and increase the quality of your life.

Researchers at The Mayo Clinic also agree.  They list the following benefits the connections of friendships can provide:

  • Increase your sense of belonging and purpose
  • Boost your happiness
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve your self-worth
  • Decrease your risk of serious mental illness
  • Help you weather traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one
  • Encourage you to change unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise
  • Share in your good times, such as a new baby, a new job, a new house

While it is tempting to cut off your friends or family while you are stressed out and immersed in work, remember they can help reduce your stress and improve your mental outlook.  Find time, whether it’s a coffee break or a movie night, to reconnect with the ones you love.