Mindfully Recharged with Mariana Thomas

The Importance of Having a Strong Support System:

September 23, 2021 Mariana Thomas Season 4 Episode 38
Mindfully Recharged with Mariana Thomas
The Importance of Having a Strong Support System:
Show Notes Transcript

How do you cope when you're feeling alone and tired?

No matter how self-sufficient and strong you are, you will always find yourself needing to be around people. So while you still can, use your energy in finding your people who will be with you through ups and downs.

In this episode, I will talk about the importance of finding and identifying the right people in your support group and maintaining a good support system.

Episode 38 at a glance...

  • How to know if you're with the right people
  • The two important things in a good relationship
  • What women experience more often than men
  • The people you can include in your support system
  • The benefits of having a strong support system

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Mariana Thomas  0:00 
Welcome, welcome my friends to another episode of The Mindfully Recharged Podcast. This is your host, Mariana Thomas. In today's short episode, let's talk about the importance of having a strong support system. So without further ado, let's get to it.

Intro Speaker  0:23 
Welcome to mindfully recharged with Mariana Thomas. In this podcast, Mariana brings you mindful conversations and people that will develop and recharge you from the inside out, so that you can increase productivity in your personal and professional life. This is Mindfully Recharged.

Mariana Thomas  0:43 
Hello, everyone. Welcome back. This is your host Mariana Thomas, I want to start this episode by saying, I love this topic, because everyone I think is in need of a support system. At this moment, you know, the world is going through a lot right now. And I feel that the importance of having a strong support system is so necessary. So in this episode, I want to discuss why a strong support system is important in order to reduce the feelings of loneliness or depression, especially among women, and men, you know, thinking this is for everyone out there.

Mariana Thomas  1:40 
So let's recognize that it is important to have a strong support system in your life and it can also be big, be difficult, to maintain a healthy balance. But it's possible with the right people in your corner. So remember, it's not easy, but it's possible. A lot of times, we don't know who those right people are until we find them, you know, and we have to find it ourselves. We get that feeling inside of us, where we know it. We know who those people are or they just come into your life, in my life at just the right time and make us feel that we are complete, or that we are whole again.

Mariana Thomas  2:44 
For me, it was my best friend. Oh, it is my best friend, who was someone that I met, actually, at my job, my corporate job, who had been living through similar, similar things. So had gone through stuff in her life that is similar. We identify with each other. And so she was a support system and it still is, a support system whenever I need to get back on my feet, or whenever I need her the most. And you never know when you're going to need a support system. So that's why you need to have one. And it doesn't have to be a ton of people. It could be just one, or two or three. You know, for me, my go-to is this particular friend. I feel like I can open myself up like I can go deep with a conversation. I have no walls between us, we are very open with each other, and very supportive of each other. So no judgment is the first rule that we have in our relationship. You know, I don't judge, she doesn't judge, and that is so important. Because judgment will not, will not, allow for a good relationship.

Mariana Thomas  4:20 
So when you are feeling down about yourself, always remember that there are others out there who care for you deeply. And want nothing more than to see you succeed. Okay? You just got to identify those people and really hold them tightly in your life. Really appreciate who those people are.

Mariana Thomas  4:51 
The support system is important for any person, in my opinion, but it is especially important for women. Women are more likely to experience social isolation and depression than men. In fact, one study found that 10% of women reported they're feeling lonely all the time, whereas only men, 5%. That's half of that, so it's true. A support system can be a family member, which will be very, very convenient. It could be a friend, like in my case, or it can be your partner, even.

Mariana Thomas  5:47 
The second one is support system helps people feel less alone in their struggles, and more confident in themselves, you know. We can be very hard on ourselves, we can create stories in our head about ourselves, and having that support system will remind us that we are better than that is very important. It is important to have someone that you can talk to about your feelings, and who is there for you when things get hard or tough. You know, talking with a tip is also an option, and I found if you need help coping with mental health issues, that is the way to go. But if you just need a support system where you need someone to talk to that's casual that is going to lift you up, knows you, you can just have a friend, a mentor, a coach,  a family member, that's, that's simple for me.

Mariana Thomas  7:06 
So having a good support system will make it easier for you to do the work necessary. And to improve yourself and grow as a person. That's one of the most important things to have that support where you can have the space to grow and to improve. Because one of the things that I found with my support system, for example, is that my friend is very honest and very open with me. So she doesn't hold back on my BS and just tells me like it is. And sometimes we need that person that opens our eyes and tells our BS.

Mariana Thomas  8:02 
You know, having a good support system will make it easier for you to do the work. To do the work that is necessary to improve yourself and grow as a person. That is non-negotiable. You have to make space for growth and growth happens every single day, intentionally. If you find yourself trying to do it all on your own, that's really going to be exhausting, and frustrating.

Mariana Thomas  8:37 
If you are feeling like there is a lack of support in other areas of life, take this as an opportunity. Use that energy and that will have gone into doing things other than, I don't know, whatever it is, I always say you want to do. Take the opportunity to find that support system. Use the energy that will have gone into doing things for other people and put them towards improving yourself to work, maybe exercise, or even learning something new.

Mariana Thomas  9:21 
It may sound selfish, but I'm telling you I had become a master being selfish, for a reason. But being able to be happy with who we are, is necessary. Before we can help others around us, we can help ourselves. I hope this message was inspiring. I hope this message resonated with you because this is something that was in my heart to share. So let me know what you think about this topic and don't forget to download your free Mindful Guide. So you can start living more mindful today. And with that, make sure to share this episode and I will see you on the next one. Bye-bye.

Outro  10:19 
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