Social Wellness

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Group of Friends Sitting and Talking, Social Wellness, How to Build Healthy Relationships, Healthy Relationship Tips, Anxiety, How to Make New FriendsFrom the time you’re born, your relationships help you learn to navigate the world. You learn how to interact with others, express yourself, conduct everyday health habits, and be a part of different communities from those around you. Social wellness, or well-being, can be defined as one’s ability to effectively interact with those around him/herself and to create a support system that includes friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and others. Social wellness fosters a connection with those individuals, while contributing to one’s sense of belonging – which is important for optimal wellness. 

Here are some tips for connecting with others:

  • Make connections – Join a group focused on a favorite hobby, such as reading, hiking, or painting. You can also volunteer for community service events, such as cleaning up the park or community garden.
  • Take care of yourself while helping others – This can include eating healthy food and exercising when possible. This can also mean asking for help to avoid spreading yourself too thin.
  • Bond with your kids – Give children meaningful jobs at home and positive recognition afterward. Help them improve their skills one step at a time.
  • Build healthy relationships – Share your feelings honestly. Ask for what you need from others. Listen to others without judgment or blame. Be caring and empathetic.

For more information about social wellness, you can visit the National Institute of Health.