Whenever we hear the phrase, “No man is an island,” it brings to mind the idea that we depend on each other for survival. We cannot survive alone.

But let’s face it. Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in our classes, work, daily chores, and other duties, all while trying to have a social life.

Oftentimes, we fail to realize how much our family misses us because of how busy we’ve become. And before we know it, we haven’t spoken to our family in weeks.

Those weeks could quickly turn into months. And if we aren’t careful, months could turn into years.

If someone doesn’t take the initiative to reach out, it’s not going to happen.

This is why it’s important to take the time out of your busy schedule to call your parents, check up on your grandparents, or even send an email to your siblings.

Family relationship and how it affects your mental health

Numerous studies suggest that social relationships, particularly family relationships, can affect one’s mental health. That means, the type of relationship you have can either enhance or worsen one’s mental health.

In any society, the family is the most basic social unit. By keeping the lines of communications open, you kind of have a home base, a place where you feel accepted and you belong, no matter what. It leads to a feeling of greater degree of support and connection psychologically.

Keep the lines of communication open

No matter how busy you are, it’s also important to let your loved ones know that you’re still thinking about them. Keep them updated in your life and let them know how much you love them.

Send a text. Pick up the phone. Tell your sister how amazing your trip was this weekend. Send a photo of you and your friends at a concert. Little things like this can mean the most sometimes.

Remember, family doesn’t necessarily have to be blood relatives. Close friends, step siblings, or even guardians can also be considered as family.