A Guide To Social Wellness
Social wellness is the act of developing and maintaining positive interactions with others in local and global communities. We often hear the term ‘support network’ but usually only in times of crisis.
Social wellness is about the ever-present existence of people around us and how we can support each other on a daily basis. Research shows that people who have a strong social network see many health benefits, such as having better emotional resilience, living longer and having healthier hearts. July is social wellness month so we wanted to share some examples of how you can take care of your social well being.
1. Spend Quality Time With Loved Ones
Book in time with people that support you and spend time doing something you all enjoy without any digital distractions.
Whether for a charity or a local community group, volunteering your time and support will not only make you feel good but will also help the greater good. For the eco-conscious volunteer, find a climate or wildlife focused organisation. You might even make a new friend or two!
3. Take Up A New Hobby
Find a class that interests you, whether it’s gardening, beach clean ups, upcycling furniture, there are so many to choose from and you’ll likely meet people that share your passions.
4. Physical Activity
If you have a dog, taking them for a walk is often a great way to get out into nature and meet other dog owners. If not, joining an exercise class is great for your body and you could meet a regular group of friends.
5. Practice Self-Care
When you look after yourself, you have more capacity to look after others. Slow down and take time to enjoy the simple things like reading a book, getting a decent night’s sleep or nourishing your body with healthy food.