Support Groups: The Human Saftey Net
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From Friendship to Support Group
In It Takes Guts to Be Happy!, I talk about creating your safety net. I recommend finding a “Cleansing Buddy” for the 21-Day Cleanse. Healing is not meant to be done alone. Even if you are a self-reliant, independent person, the ability to heal relates directly to the level of security we feel, and the strength of our connections to those on our “Emergency Call” lists.
If you are a social person with lots of friends, those friendships may be tested when going through a long illness and need consistent support. On the other hand, taking a big risk such as breaking out of old, toxic lifestyle patterns can also challenge friendships. That is why a solid and genuine safety net of healthy, honest friends is so vital to your success and happiness.
Finding Your Support Group
This might be the moment to go outside your comfort zone and find some new faces at a workshop or support group: AA, Al-Anon, a local survivors group. You might meet that new healing buddy at a yoga class, a sponsored Sierra Club hike or healthy cooking seminar. Open your arms and your heart.
Asking for help shows strength. Feel empowered to admit you feel crappy and scared. Women struggle as it is while fighting for job equality, for example. On the contrary, men have little room in our society to be vulnerable. Nevertheless, asking for help is our key to healing. Do not let past losses and betrayals keep you from moving forward. Your tribe is out there—find them. Let them find you.
Happy-Gut Reminder: One helpful friend alone can help you feel secure and happy.
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