Erin Troy emphasizes the significance of relationships for our well-being, especially during times of division.

Erin Troy, the Wellness Director of Greater Cleveland’s Westshore Family YMCA Chapter and YMCA, emphasizes the importance of relationships in our lives. While society often focuses on the things that divide us, Troy highlights the positive impact that strong, positive relationships can have on our mental and physical health.

Recent research has shown that positive social experiences can significantly affect a person’s stress levels and ability to cope. The study “The Good, the Bad, and the Fluctuations: Examining Stress and Blood Pressure Responses” by Brian P. Don, Amy M. Gordon, and Wendy Berry Mendes, found that individuals who had more positive experiences in social relationships had lower systolic blood pressure and better coping abilities. On the other hand, those who reported negative experiences in intimate relationships had higher blood pressure reactivity in stressful situations.

Troy emphasizes that maintaining strong, positive relationships is essential for our physical health. Face-to-face interactions are crucial in building these relationships, as they allow for more personal and positive communication. Working towards a common goal with others can also be beneficial, as it provides motivation, support, and accountability. Socializing while working with others towards a goal can help us feel more connected, build a support network and learn from each other’s experiences.

In conclusion, Troy highlights the power of relationships and invites readers to submit opinion essays on topics of local or general interest.

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