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Having solid and authentic connections with others is an essential component of the recovery journey. Having people around you that you can trust and lean on during difficult or stressful times can bring great comfort on hard days.

For many, creating authentic connections can be difficult and even scary to do. If you find yourself struggling, here are a few steps to get you started with forming genuine relationships.

Listen to One Another

An authentic connection is made when two people really listen to each other. Listening needs to go both ways. Talk about meaningful things, such as struggles or worries. If something is bothersome, exciting, or important, then both people should talk about those things. Support from other people can be wonderful if you are working on your mental health.

Be Vulnerable 

Being vulnerable can be frightening for some people. Being vulnerable is something that many people fail to do, resulting in less authentic relationships. Try to open up about what you are experiencing. Talk about what scares you and what your goals are. You will quickly learn that others want to support you and be there for you as you journey towards becoming the best version of yourself.

Stay Open to New Ideas 

Being open to different perspectives or lifestyles will help you to connect with others. Try to be open to new ideas. You never know when you will stumble upon a lifestyle that fits your goals and desires. Differing ideas and thoughts can be part of great relationships. Being able to learn from each other can be powerful.

Put Judgement Aside 

Having an authentic relationship means that both people can talk openly and honestly. For that to occur, you will need to put effort into not judging each other. Everyone will have opinions and suggestions, but judgment will never create a safe space.

Having authentic relationships is an essential component of the recovery process. Having people you feel safe with, can open up to, and lean on can help comfort you as you begin your healing process. Always try to be open to new ideas and vulnerable as you work on creating authentic connections. Here at The Guest House, we know how challenging it can be to work on improving your relationships and determining which are healthy and which need work. We are here to help and support you. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800