Having low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression can be a result of loneliness, according to research. Lonely people may have difficulty forming meaningful connections with others and are more likely to develop mental health problems. According to some studies, loneliness can harm mental health just as much as poverty or physical illness. Furthermore, loneliness can lead to depression and anxiety by affecting how people cope with stress.
We feel more connected to others when we establish authentic connections, which improves our self-esteem and mental health. Meaningful relationships are built on authentic connections and can enhance personal and professional success. As well as providing support and companionship, they can also give us a sense of belonging.
The following tips will help you build authentic relationships:
1. Be Yourself
When trying to make a good impression, it’s easy to put up a front, but honesty and authenticity are important. When you aren’t being genuine, people can tell, and they may feel uncomfortable. Let people get to know the real you by being yourself.
2. Show Interest
Mutual interest and respect are the foundations of authentic connections. When you show genuine interest in the person you’re talking to, they will feel valued and appreciated. Engage them in conversation by asking questions and listening actively. By listening more than speaking, you can better understand what the other person is saying. The key to building trust and establishing a stronger connection with someone is listening.
3. Be Open
To build an authentic connection, it is important to be open and vulnerable. In other words, you have to be willing to share your true thoughts and feelings with them (even if they don’t always agree) and to connect with them on a deeper level. Honesty will encourage the other person to share their thoughts and feelings as well.
4. Offer Support
Trust and support are the foundations of authentic connections. Whenever you can, offer your help and listen when someone needs to vent. Mutual trust and respect will be created as a result.
5. Be Positive
Focusing on the positive strengthens authentic connections and friendships. Make other people feel appreciated by seeking out their best qualities. In doing so, we will be able to develop a mutually respectful and understanding relationship.
6. Be Present
Stay present when you spend time with someone you want to get to know better. Take your phone off the table and truly be present with them. It will be easier to establish an authentic connection if you give them your full attention.
It takes practice to develop the skill of making authentic connections, but it doesn’t happen overnight. Commitment and effort are required. The rewards of forming strong, genuine relationships are well worth the effort. Relationships can be meaningful and lasting if you are yourself, show interest, offer support, and are open, positive, and present.