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Relationships Key To Your Sanity: How People Around You Affect Your Mental Well-Being

Update Date: May 18, 2016 06:22 AM EDT

For anyone, the people in our lives can make a difference. This is not limited to our life-long partner or family member but also the people we include our circle of friends. Social interaction can vary depending on how a person is able to carry on but it may have a direct line to the mental side of individuals.

It is unlikely that people would openly admit that relationships will make a difference in their lives. But is that the real thing happening inside of them?

Nowadays there are various ways to go about it. Seeing people daily either at home or the office is common with the level of attention variable. But with the advent of social media, some folks may have found a new outlet to expand their network.

But is social media good? Does it project the actual you and what you want to render?

In most cases, social media acts like a mask that allows some people to show the things they don’t usually project in real life. A different persona normally ensues and it could be something good or evil depending on what a person wants it to be.

With those in mention, are relationships that important to people these days? Surprisingly, a UK study shows that relationships are important and something they regret not investing in.

A survey of 2,000 adults in the UK showed that 46% of them admitted not investing in relationships. Additionally, most people claiming to value their social lives over physical health, only 11% of the people in the survey made it a point of focus on relationships as part of their New Year’s resolutions.

“Having people in your life who are understanding and supportive, be they a full-time carer or just someone to share a cup of tea and a chat with, can make a big difference,” says Nia Charpentier, a spokeswoman from the charity Rethink Mental Illness.

The Campaign to End Loneliness believes that social interaction can cut the risk of mortality and developing a certain kind of disease. It helps people recover faster from an illness. But socializing can also be a daunting prospect for ones struggling with mental issues, something that could be triggered by other factors.

“In my opinion, the commonest way in which a person's mental health can be damaged by a relationship is by intimidation, bullying and coercion,” said Dr Natasha Bijlani, consultant psychiatrist at the Priory Hospital in the suburban London area of Roehampton.

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