Why Finding a Support Group that Fits Your Lifestyle is Important


Many women have this idea that they are expected to be able to do everything by themselves – taking care of all the needs their family, staying in tip-top physical shape while looking flawless, keeping an immaculately clean home, being a fantastic chef, volunteering at their children’s school, and much more. That, though, is for television, not reality.

Everyday life has enough ups and downs to stress anyone out. Women are often under-appreciated for all that they do, and finding that more is expected of them, or worse, discovering that what they have already accomplished failed to meet someone else’s expectations, only adds to our problem. So, what can we do? One option is to find a womens support group. But we should look for one that matches our needs well.

Finding an exact match is a rarity, of course. Looking at what creates the most amount of stress in your life is the best place to start. If your stress starts with your role as caregiver for an elderly parent or disabled child, looking for a support group that has caregiving, disabilities, health issues, and so on as its focus would be a great choice. Those topics are always going to be a much better match than a group whose members are helping each other cope with domestic violence, grief and bereavement, or addiction. If your life has dealt you more than one major stressor, there’s no rule that you cannot join two (or more) groups if you want to do so.

But why join a support group and tell everyone there about your problems in the first place? Because it can help you in many ways, ways that can help you manage everything centering on the stressor. This can also help you manage other areas of your life by freeing up your time and helping you be more confident and more relaxed.

Another benefit is that telling someone, especially someone who is sympathetic to your situation, can help you find ways to cope with it better. Talking about it to others also helps you rephrase the situation in your own mind, and doing so can, in turn, help you see different nuances of recurring situations in another way.

Also, helping others cope with something that is impacting their lives in a negative manner can help you feel better about yourself, not to mention the break you get by being in another environment that is focused on you and others with the same concerns that you have.

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