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Social Buffers Reduce Stress

Relationships and your community are like buffers to smooth you out the rough seasons and polish you up to cope and survive the harshness, uncertainties, and sadness that life can bring. Your relationships, connections, and spiritual community are your primary sources of health and happiness in your emotional life. Your relationships and sense of belonging reinforces your sense of identity, builds your self-esteem, decrease your stress levels, and can fill you up when you feel empty of faith, joy, and encouragement. During the pandemic, so many people felt disconnected, lost, alone, vulnerable, and fearful. Your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health are at risk when you don’t have healthy and consistent connections. We are fearfully and wonderfully made by God to be social creatures. When stress, sickness, trouble, loss, death, and setbacks knock on your door…your social buffers can help you survive, heal, grow, and overcome the hardships. Because I had my “social buffers” around me when my son passed away from cancer, I believe I was able to survive that horrible pain because I felt soothed, comforted, seen, and prayed for by my social connections (my buffers). I do not seek pity from personal pain or losses because they awakened gratitude, joy, compassion, resilience, and passion within me to continue teaching others great life lessons.

During this pandemic, I made a conscious decision to remain connected to my friends, family, and Women on the Grow tribe. I made calls, sent cards, text messages, etc. Every week, since April 2020, each Sunday, many women in my tribe, and new faces show up in my signature zoom room. This is my master class empowHERment study group, up close and personal ...The Diamond INNERversity. Don't allow the hard days to win. The right "social buffers" can help to reduce your stress and sense of isolation. This positive experience promises to sharpen and polish up your faith, confidence, progress, peace, purpose, and gratitude. Remember, iron sharpens iron.

YOU are invited to be with me today. You have the option to be on camera or... just turn your video off and listen to the inspirational message. 3:00 PM (Pacific) 6:00 PM (Eastern)

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