Are your friends lowering your standards?


Did you know that the people around you raise or lower your standards for your self, even if you don’t realize it?


Your environment is very important to your overall life. We are all social constructs, meaning our values, beliefs and attitudes are influenced by others, by society and those people you spend time with.


So, consider how the people you spend time around make you feel. Do they challenge you to be better or healthier? 


People often act how they feel others expect them to act instead of what is within their core beliefs. When you are with others, do you act outside of your value system? This is an easy trap to fall into. Answer this honestly as it’s easy to quickly deny this.


If you want to improve your mental health, a powerful way to do so is to look at those people you encounter on a daily/weekly basis and really question the impact they may be having on you.


Are you living your life in line with your core values and beliefs?  It always impacts our mental health when we act outside of our value system, there is always a mental or emotional price to pay.


Knowing what’s important and meaningful to you is the first step in knowing if others support your value system, learn about yourself and what’s important to you. If you aren’t sure how to answer these questions you may want to talk with a therapist.


We can help you find clarity. 


~Laura


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