Being socially connected is vital to a good quality of life.
Some people have magnetic personalities and make finding and keeping friends look easy. But staying connected requires effort. We need to find ways to spend time with a diverse range of people.
This can be difficult if you’re feeling upset, tired or unwell; if you’re worried about people finding out you have HIV or if the people who do know aren’t supportive.
Think about your current connections and what might help improve them. What social things do you like doing? What kind of connections will help keep you feeling emotionally strong and happy?
Remember that not all connections will go well. That’s why it’s important to have others to fall back on.