When you have a network of family and friends that you can turn to in times of need, you create solid relationships that contribute to a stronger psychological health.

In fact, these relationships play a critical role in how healthy you function in your day-to-day life. Not having social support has been linked to depression, loneliness, alcohol use and suicide.

Many of us are however surrounded by a network of family and friends, but still not feeling supported enough. They are people who you care about and support them when necessary, but for many reasons you do not feel supported by them.

This can happen when you do not feel comfortable enough to ask for help, you have trouble being vulnerable and opening up emotionally. It is easier for you to give, but not so much to receive. It can also be that you do not trust people, and always choose to rely on yourself only.

It does not necessarily have to be that way. We all need help at some stage whether with daily tasks, advice when facing a difficult situation, or simply receiving care, love and empathy when necessary. Not allowing yourself to be supported can be related to trauma in childhood, where you hold this belief that you are independent and strong enough to need help from others.

This week become aware of how you are allowing yourself to be supported. Or even question yourself if you are creating space for support. Who are your ‘people to go to’? How can they help you this week? Who would you like to talk to and be vulnerable?

Being surrounded by people who are caring and supportive helps people to see themselves as better capable of dealing with the stresses in their life. When you allow yourself to be supported, you are greatly improving the quality of your life by creating strong bonds for connection, trust, empathy and mutual growth.

‘When trouble comes, it is your Tribe that supports you’. – Guy Lafleur