Benefits of consistent communication with loved ones

Benefits of consistent communication with loved ones

by Jennifer Brown
Stripes Japan

Editor’s note: At Stripes Japan, we love to share your stories and share this space with our community members. Here is an article written by Jennifer Brown, a hospital corpsman at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa. If you have a story or photos to share, let us know at japan@stripes.com.

 

When I was in high school, I questioned a lot of the morals and values I had as I was growing up. I started to wonder what I could do differently to honor my values while still living the life I wanted to live. One of the benefits of doing this was the realization that communication with your loved ones is one of the best ways, in my opinion, to living a wholesome and satisfying life. Ultimately what I found out was that connecting with people on a regular basis can create feelings of connection, a sense of satisfaction, as well as give you a larger support system in the long run.

As humans, we all need social connection. In fact, we can each thrive off of the stimulation of solving problems and everyday situations. When it comes to feelings of connection, there can be multiple ways of connecting with your loved ones. While living in Japan, the easiest way I found to stay in touch with my loved ones was through texting and messaging apps. Although it seems all too easy to send a text to check in with someone, the effort can truly have a significant effect on the overall relationship. While it may be a no-brainer, sometimes a simple action like checking in is enough to provide feelings of support and a sense of satisfaction.

When I keep in contact with my friends and family from back home, it brings along a sense of happiness and fulfillment. Being in regular communication allows me to work on the relationship in both a surface level and below the surface level whether we discuss thoughts about our day or go deeper into important issues.

Similarly, consistent communication can also provide you needed support in your daily life. When I reach out to my friends and family about issues that I am facing, I get helpful feedback and advice for the next steps I should take. This can likewise help me in my overall sense of well-being and temper my reactions to life stressors. I may, in turn, seek out my support system more often and receive help rather than taking on the stress of the situation by myself.

However you communicate with your loved ones, I hope you can take into consideration some of the benefits of keeping in touch. Consistently communicating can have pronounced benefits on your wellbeing and life satisfaction. Consequently, remember that you are never alone in any situation, there is always someone who cares enough about you to help you out, even if it is just being a listening ear.

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Jennifer Brown is a hospital corpsman at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa. Originally from Florida, she joined the Navy in 2018 and has been on the island for over a year. During her free time, Brown enjoys spending time with animals, running, rock climbing, and hiking. She is an alumnus of the University of Central Florida and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her professional interests include social work, animal welfare, and children.

 

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