5 reasons why we should value our home team

It’s important to feel like you have just that one person to lean on. The festive season will be soon underway, and it’s typically a time where people get together with their loved ones. Sunlife pinpoint that home isn’t just the four walls that we live in, but the people we call our personal “home team” You can check out their heartfelt blog here.

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Better overall wellbeing…

We have moved into an individualistic society and mental health has been a taboo for a long time. However, in recent years, more and more people are sharing their stories and feel comfortable with talking about such a huge global issue. Research by shows that one in four adults will experience a mental illness at some point each year in the UK. That purely highlights the importance of living a balanced lifestyle – and maintaining our connections is key.

There is nothing like face-face communication with our friends and families, to really immerse ourselves and live in the present with them. However, technology has really helped to support us to maintain our relationships when we’re ridiculously busy. There are so many platforms available to us to do this, whether it’s Skype or Whatsapp – reach out and stay connected to your loved ones.

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Happiness…

I personally feel as though it’s best to think quality not quantity in terms of the number of relationships we have surrounding us. Define for yourself which relationships align with your sense of self and values, as it doesn’t just boil down to how many people you know.

What does happiness mean to you? – you don’t have to answer this immediately. Ponder on this simple question, check when a loved one is free, and schedule a meet up in your diaries. We are such social creatures, that with our busy lifestyles we can easily forget this fact.

Harvard’s well known Grant Study was conducted over 75 years and it provides pivotal research attempting to pinpoint what makes us happy. George Vaillant (the studies director) said that overall the key takeaway is that “Happiness is love. Full stop.” and it all leads to other people.

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Support & advice…

Part of life is experiencing trials, tribulations and triumphs. We want people who understand us and can be depended upon during the not so great times. Sometimes we just need someone to be our sounding board, for feedback or to simply listen to us. Our home team are a great support network to help us feel nurtured and cultivate a sense of belonging.

Research has proved that having a support system has many positive benefits, such as higher levels of well-being, better coping skills and a longer and healthier life.

Live longer…

Connection is a life-force, that shouldn’t be neglected. Feeling lonely in the festive period isn’t uncommon, and quite a few people can relate to feeling isolated. But, there are plenty of local community activities that you can take part in the festivities. Again, this is heavily backed up by a longitudinal study that showed that people with strong social ties have a 50% better chance of survival, according to a clinical review of 150 studies and 300,000 people.

Memories…

As we look back on our memories, with our loved ones – especially our parents who transition into their later lives. We sit back and reflect on all the special moments we’ve shared with each other. This explains why our parents tend to stay in their homes for a long time and wouldn’t dare to think to move.

However, if they would like to create new memories that requires a substantial amount of cash that doesn’t just sit in a purse – they may want to consider equity release. Sunlife has a nifty equity release calculator. All they have to do is, pop their details into the calculator, and the sums will be calculated based on age and property value.

It’s important to highlight support goes both ways, therefore we should make a conscious effort to nurture our home team with tender loving care. Let’s make sure we prioritise our home team, and create an abundance of fresh new memories.

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