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Being interested in others


 We have been working through the 14 points on the WEMWBS.- so far, we have covered:


Feeling useful

Feeling relaxed 

The tips sheet and postcard are around being interested in other people. 

There can be many reasons why we may not be interested in others. 

As ever, this piece does not replace professional advice and is for wellbeing promotion. If you need to speak to someone do talk to your GP. or check out the whit's happening information magazines on the website site. 

Sometimes due to stress, low mood, compassion fatigue and other life challenges, we may find we just can't be bothered.

It may be you are quite happy with your own company and don't want to feel under pressure to socialise or be interested in others. If this is something which genuinely supports, your wellbeing that's fine. 

However, if you would like to feel more connected to others then being interested in others is a good place to start.

When we take time to be interested in others and not only worrying about how interesting people may find us! 

We can find we learn things we may be didn't know before, or, be inspired to try something new, or realise that some of the fears and anxieties we have, others also share, and we are not as alone as we once thought. 

Perhaps part of the success of peer support groups is that members are genuinely interested in each other's stories and experiences and listen with full attention?

There is also a significant amount of research on the power of kindness and the health benefits we can achieve from that.

Listening to someone is an act of kindness, it can help boost their confidence and self-esteem that someone is interested in their hopes and dreams, as well as being good for our wellbeing simply being kind and listening.

Our social networks can have an impact on our wellbeing and if we find we are not as connected to others as we want, we can feel isolated and lonely. 

Loneliness is not good for wellbeing. Being interested in others, however, isn't a one-way street, there is also your needs to be met and for you to feel someone is interested in and wants to listen to, you. 

Finding something you share in common is often a good place to start.

The following wee tips and postcard may be helpful if this is an area you want to give more attention to. Remember, you do matter, people do care, I care.

Establish boundaries not barricades!
Relaxation and what we can learn from frogs!

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