Finding comfort in community

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There’s no denying that life is filled with a variety of experiences, whether they’re happy, exciting moments or a little more on the difficult side such as dealing with a sudden loss or facing grief. But throughout these moments, having a group of trusted people to lean on and share your struggles and joys with can make a huge difference for your mental wellbeing.

Let’s explore why community is so crucial and a few ways you can find your own squad of trusted friends.

The truth behind winter gloom

If you’ve been feeling a little blue and disconnected during the winter months, know that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s common to experience low energy levels and mood swings during this time. With reduced amounts of sunlight and a prevalence of cloudy grey skies, you may find yourself in a seasonal funk.

Why does this happen?

Shorter days and less exposure to sunlight can disrupt our circadian rhythms or sleep-wake cycles, as well as mood regulation. This is because these seasonal changes can alter the body’s production of hormones like melatonin and serotonin. While melatonin is our primary sleep hormone, serotonin is responsible for feelings of happiness. Additionally, both of these hormones work to regulate our mood, with serotonin specifically acting as a mood stabilizer. A disruption in melatonin and serotonin levels can get in the way of good quality sleep and ultimately increase feelings of depression. Seeking out community can help counteract this and support your mental wellbeing in many ways.

The power of community

Whether you’re feeling down or experiencing a joyous occasion, having a community of people to turn to can go a long way.


Being part of a community can help provide you with a sense of belonging. This can be very beneficial in knowing that you’re not alone in your tough times and wins. Whether it’s setting exciting goals or facing a difficult situation, it can be comforting to know that you can share your feelings and thoughts with people who understand what you’re going through.


Joining a community can also support you in many ways. When you’re struggling, asking for help may seem very daunting. But being part of a community can give you the opportunity to listen to other people’s experiences and maybe even share your own! This can help validate your feelings and enable you to feel safe and cared for. Receiving support can help you learn from other’s experiences and strengths, and incorporate it in your own journey towards growth.


A community can also provide you with a sense of purpose. You may be able to give back to those in your close circle by lending a listening ear and supporting them in their struggles. This in turn, can help you feel grounded and make meaningful relationships that can last a lifetime.

Finding community around you

Community can look different to everyone. Some may find their community through their family and friends, and others may turn to those in the same field of work. Community can also be made of people who may be able to give you a different perspective on situations. But most importantly, connecting with your set of people starts with understanding your own values, interests and goals. Is there something specific you’d like to improve on? Or maybe you’re looking for support with a particular experience. Answering these questions can help you get closer to finding your community.

Where can you start?

A great place to start is to check out your city’s online news source for events happening in your neighbourhood. Participating in events that you’re interested in may help you find people who have similar passions. You can also try visiting your local rec centre, a dance or pottery studio, or bookstore for events, activities, or clubs that can help you meet people with shared interests.

While face-to-face interactions can be great, they may not always be possible. The great news is that there are plenty of online communities you can join to stay connected! Try searching for some groups on social media or online forums like Facebook and Reddit.

We may be biased, but CanPrev Community is one of our favourites when it comes to virtual communities. If you’re looking for a constant source of education, inspiration, knowledge, and empowerment, CanPrev Community is the perfect place for you. You will have the opportunity to connect with other health-conscious folks, ask questions about nutrition, participate in giveaways, and more.

Just click here to join – we can’t wait to meet you!

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