No matter what you wish to achieve in life, the support and upliftment of a positive community make it easier. The compassion and empathy you receive from the people are unmatchable. I can say that with assurance because I have been a part of one in my journey so far.
Being part of a community allows you a sense of belonging. It allows you to take a step forward in self-acceptance and understand that there are people around you who are on the same boat.
A community makes you feel more connected with yourself. The stories you hear every day serve with a sense of reality and lets you know that no matter where in life you are, you are not alone.
It lets you know that there are people who are at the same stage as you, there are people who have surpassed that stage and probably there are people who are yet to experience these situations.
All of these, when came together helps us to understand that life is easy for none. The grass merely seems greener on the other side. But, in reality, the people on “the other side” haven’t had it so easy as well.
Being part of a community when going through any mental health issues helps the individual in a lot of ways. Other than infusing the sense of belonging, it allows people to open up about their deepest thoughts, which helps in reducing the risk of these mental illnesses.
Hence, here are a few reasons for you to join a community to improve your mental health:
Our mental health has a significant and heavy impact on the quality of life we live. People suffering from mental illnesses usually find it hard to open up to people about how they feel.
This is why having a positive community lends them the right kind of support they need. It helps them to realize that there is more to life than they are yet to explore.
Having a community gives a little reliability that we all need in life. You have people you can talk to and your heart out without having the fear of judgment and criticism. The feeling of care and support is the first step towards fighting for your mental wellbeing.
2. Sense of Belongingness
Mental illnesses create a serious impact on the sense of belongingness for an individual. The person is detached from the outside world and lives in their thoughts, without any connection to the family or friends.
Being part of a community helps the individual to break that barrier and become a part of people who are alike. It develops the sense of belongingness by seeing oneself as a part of the community. It helps to see the world from a fresh perspective where people don’t ask you to change in any way but they embrace you and the uniqueness you possess.
3. Purpose and Meaning
Everyone has a significant role to play in a community. As part of a community, every member is assigned or other roles. These roles are assigned by the people of the community based on the most suitable purpose that a person can fulfill.
When you are obliged to fulfill a purpose in a community, you find meaning in your personal life as well. It helps you to become a better individual and aid other people to better their lives as well.
4. Empathy and Compassion
When you find people who relate to you, you tend to feel more comfortable around you. They say compassion is the strongest virtue of them all. If you can be compassionate about other people’s situations, you have already made it halfway to understand them.
Having similar areas of interests or sharing the same values or abiding by the same beliefs - all of these arise the sense of empathy for people within the community can relate to each other in a better way as compared to people outside the community.
5. Exchange of Ideas
Being surrounded by like-minded people makes it easier for us to exchange our ideas. The hesitation sweeps away and paves way for more smooth conversations. The sense of connections that one builds in a community is an important stepping stone in fighting their mental illness.
They say, your network is your net worth. Indeed it is. When you have people to share your thoughts, it gives the boost and encouragement you need to make it through the tough times.
Communities can be created based on several factors like location, hobbies, experiences, similar work backgrounds, a common cause, or just a common perception about a situation or incident.
As social beings, we all crave human connections the most. Some accept this need openly while others struggle to accept it. Or, even if they accept it themselves, they hesitate in accepting it in front of other people. It is the lack of these connections sometimes that have an impact on our mental health.
Hence, to support you all through this journey of mental wellness we are here to share our community with all of you. When you download our 360wellness app on your iOS or Android, our virtual classes from our specialized wellness coaches help you to be a part of a community of your choice.
The revolutionary 360wellness tracker helps you to keep your overall wellness in check. Our wellness reports are a great way to analyze your wellness quotient and understand what aspect of your health and wellbeing requires the support of a community.
Being part of a community confronts you on your weaknesses and empowers you on your strengths. This is not a possibility when you choose to struggle with your problems all alone.
A community offers you a space to network with people, engage with them, and bond in groups. When you choose to be in a community to share your mental wellness experience, you become a part of someone else’s world and you allow them to be the same for yours.
So, choose your community wisely. Go ahead, explore and experiment with it if you haven’t done it yet.