Take Charge Of Your Social Wellness This July
Social wellness is important to maintain good mental health. It affects our overall happiness and quality of life. People who are socially isolated are more susceptible to illness with death rates are 2-3 times higher than in people with strong social structures.
A strong social network and support system helps us to handle stress better and lower our blood pressure. Since July is social wellness month, it’s a good time to assess the health of our social structures. Social wellness refers to our ability to interact with people around us, and includes:
- Communicating effectively
- Cultivating meaningful relationships
- Respecting yourself and others
- Creating a support system through family and friends
We live in an era where we don’t have as much time to spend with others as we may want to. But we have to make time – not only for our own health but also for those around us. Here are some ideas on how to strengthen social wellness:
1. Talk To A Friend
Everybody needs a friend they can talk to. A friend that listens and accepts you for who you are. A friend who will always be honest with you. Appreciate your friends and connect with them on a regular basis.
2. Develop New Friendships
Reach out and don’t be afraid to open up to others. Take the time to really listen to what is important to your new acquaintances and what challenges they have to work through – that’s one of the easiest ways to make new friends.
3. Laughter Is The Best Medicine
Laughter helps us sleep better, and it protects us against heart attacks. Laugh with your friends or watch a funny film to get the chuckles going.
4. Go For A Jog
Running not only helps you to keep healthy, but it also makes you happy. When you run, your brain produces endorphins which create a feeling of happiness and wellbeing. Run somewhere scenic if you can, like in the park or next to the beach.
5. Take Some Alone Time
Sometimes we just need to spend some quality time alone with ourselves to calm our mind and get our creative juices flowing. Do relaxing activities like going to the spa, reading a book, or going for a walk alone.
When we help others, we feel better about ourselves, and we also tend to forget about our own issues for a while. Volunteering puts our own problems in perspective and helps us to handle them better. When you volunteer, you mingle with people with similar passions which can turn into friendships.
7. Get A Puppy
Spending time with a dog lowers our stress levels and increases our heart health. Dog owners tend to be more active than when they don’t have a dog and are more likely to meet and chat with other dog owners along the way.
8. Get Some Vitamin D
Spending time in the sun makes us happy, but remember to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun.
9. Join A Group
When you join a group, you can connect with other like-minded people, and before you know it, you’ve made some new special friends. Look for hobby or exercise groups in your area, such as hiking, painting, crochet, or yoga groups.
Relaxing clears the mind and helps us to find inner happiness. Spend a day at the spa with the girls or on the golf course with the boys. You’ll also find that you sleep better when you relax more often.
Try these tips and see what works best for you.
Happy Social Wellness Month!