May is Mental Health Month #3

COVID-19’s Impact on Relationships

AKA Quarantined 60 days and Counting Mental Health Month is a good time to pay attention to the fact that humans are social beings. Relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives, yet we can often forget just how crucial our connections with other people are for our physical and mental health and well-being. People who are more socially connected to family, friends, or their community are happier, physically healthier and live longer, with fewer mental health problems than people who are less well connected. It’s not just the number of friends you have, and it’s not whether or not you’re in a committed relationship, but it’s the quality of your close relationships that matters. It’s possible to have family, friends and intimate partners and still feel alone, unappreciated, or even unloved. Living in conflict or within a toxic relationship is more damaging than being alone.Like most things worthwhile, quality relationships require some effort to sustain them. Please see the attachment (Relationships Impact Our Mental Health) for more information.  If you would like assistance with improving the quality of a personal or work relationship, contact the EAP at ext. 8720.