Anyone can tell you, relationships are hard work. Be it friendship, or romance or mortherhood, fostering healthy relationships comes with a set of deep fears and stressors. Fears like my partner will become disinterested in me, my friends will move on or my kids won't love me hold us back from having the best time of our lives. Some of us have experienced trauma and are doing our best to navigate relationships because even though we've suffered, we still want to reach out and make a loving connection with others. Having anxiety interfere with whatcould have otherwise been an amazing, fulfilling life is such a bummer. A team of relationship experts designed this non judgemental interactive peer session to understand relationship distress and help navigate them in the best possible way. Whether you're contemplating a divorce or are too scared to put up a profile on Bumble to find your one true love, this session will help you pinpoint your fears and help rationalise them. Having a close group of peers echoing your deep challenges, will not only make you feel belonged but also find solace in the fact that you're not alone in your struggles. The session will also focus on how anxiety affects your relationships, and setting healthy boundaries to cope with difficult situations.
Going through a mental health challenge can make you feel isolated and afraid, among many other things. I remember feeling this way when I was in a difficult place, and that's when I signed up for a buddy circle at HiO. Although I was scared at first, that changed to relief and a sense of hope. The buddy circle reminded me that I'm not completely alone in my journey; help and company is always an arm's reach away :')
Buddy Circle serves exactly what it promises! I remember being a little nervous about my first session, but as you see people open up one by one and you relate with other's struggles, it feels like you're a part of a community, and you can really understand each other. What I liked about the buddy circle was that it always provides us with a learning strategy, something to take back and implement in your everyday life.