Life is a balancing act and making time for friends can be difficult in between work schedules, running errands and other daily tasks. However, spending time with your loved ones is the best way to revitalize yourself. Friends lift your spirits, so remember to make them more of a priority in your life.
Do something adventurous
There’s nothing like exploring new adventures. Delving outside of your comfort zone takes confidence, and friends are great at giving you the extra boost needed to do it. Friends are your built-in support system. They give you advice, guidance and reassurance. With your friends by your side, you’re more likely to try new things.
Texting is NOT connecting
Social media and technology make everyone feel like they’re just a text, like or comment away from each other. It gives people a sense of community, but it’s nothing compares to the real thing. Spending time with someone is about the physical presence. Seeing, touching and hearing each other just can’t be replicated with a simple text. Plan something simple for you and your pals to do like a happy hour drink or coffee date. Just spending a couple of hours with each other will lift your spirits.
You don’t want to alienate your friends
The saying, “distance makes the heart grow fonder” is cute but it doesn’t apply to every friendship. When people only see each other sporadically, the saying “out of sight, out of mind” really applies. It’s hard to maintain a connection when you barely speak to or see a person. For friends, this could mean losing touch when you need each other the most. To avoid this, try setting aside some time each month to speak with and/or meet up with each other.
You need a life outside of work
Without friends, it’s hard to create a healthy work-life balance. You need a circle of friends to whisk you away from the stress and demands of work. They can also help snap you back into reality and help you prioritize life’s tasks. If work is weighing you down, you need some outside company. Running to your co-workers doesn’t always help; you need people completely removed from your work environment. Try to spend time with your friends, especially when you’re stressed out.
Here at Medical Professionals, we’d like to think of ourselves as your extended family. We support and encourage friendships because we understand the impact they have on all our lives. Reach out to us to be part of our team