Relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives. People who are more socially connected to family, friends, or their community are happier, physically healthier and live longer, with fewer mental health problems than people who are less well connected.
It’s not just the number of friends you have, and it’s not whether or not you’re in a committed relationship, but it’s the quality of your close relationships that matters. Living in conflict or within a toxic relationship is more damaging than being alone.
Aside from those that are closest to us, another massive relationship that can have such a significant impact on our mental health is our work colleagues and bosses.
These relationships can empower us, help us to feel part of a team, feel connected and feel a sense of status. Too often though these work relationships can be toxic, leading us into feelings of anxiety, lack of worth, lack of status, disconnected and depressed.
Narcissists love a leadership role, where they can influence and manipulate even the strongest of characters, eroding morale, self belief and self worth, creating teams built on fear, anxiety and doubt.