How to Improve Your Social Health: Friends, Family, and Colleagues

Maintaining Healthy Social Relationships is Crucial For Your Well-Being (Image Source: Shutterstock)

What is Social Health?

At first glance, the word “social” brings to mind parties and awkward business meetings. But it’s more than that. Social health refers to your ability to interact with others and form healthy interpersonal relationships. It also refers to how you carry and adapt yourself in social situations, maintain ties, balance time for yourself and others, respect and create boundaries, and have a network of people to rely on. While socializing is the act of interacting with all kinds of people, your social health is affected either positively or negatively by the people you socialize with and how frequently.

Ability To Interact With Others And Form Healthy Interpersonal Relationships (Image Source: Shutterstock)
  • Practice self-care such as meditation and journaling.
  • Find what makes you uncomfortable and draw boundaries.
  • Take time out for your health.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Eat well, and stay hydrated.
  • Reach out and stay active in your community. It’s the best way to build a network!
  • Catch up with old friends and family. Sometimes people forget to be the first one to text or call. It’s alright to be the one to reach out, your friends and family want to hear from you.
  • Be friendly and offer support to those who need it. Extend a hand before you are asked for it, and take the initiative instead of waiting for someone to do so first. Give gifts and be kind.
  • Volunteer where you can and join groups where you can talk to like-minded people about your favorite hobbies. Social media is a great place to find these groups, but make sure to not get stuck behind the screen. Look for groups that offer in-person activities.
  • Do not try to keep up with people who don’t want to keep up with you. Toxic social relationships will only drain you mentally. That’s not what we’re aiming for. Because in the end, these abusive relationships will hinder you from developing healthier ones.
  • Work on your posture and improve your communication skills. Small gestures can make a big difference.

Why You Need to Stay Connected

Part of learning how to improve your social health is understanding the importance of staying connected. It is scientifically proven that social interactions actually reduce stress. When you meet up with your friends or family, you might’ve noticed you get a peculiar feeling as if you belong in that group of people. Enjoying the company of others is a beautiful phenomenon and is what keeps your stress hormones at bay. Furthermore, it can also improve your creativity, immunity, and productivity. You’ll also become a better listener and a better speaker.

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Social Wellness and Social Anxiety

The inability to stay connected with your friends, family or other people may lead you to develop social anxiety. One symptom of bad social health is social anxiety. Social anxiety might be characterized by fear of interacting with others. People suffering from this disorder may express physical symptoms like sweating, stuttering, or shortness of breath during any interaction with people. Some causes of social may anxiety include:

  • childhood trauma
  • negative life experiences
  • prolonged periods of isolation
  • Isolation in childhood
  • unaddressed mental health concerns
3 Ways to Beat Social Anxiety! — Kati Morton

Conclusion

Social wellness is a person’s ability to interact with and adapt to their social environment. It’s linked to lower mortality, stronger cardiovascular health, and lower stress levels. So staying connected and maintaining good social relationships can benefit your physical and mental health. Learning how to improve your social health is thus easy and definitely worth it. However, if you suffer from social anxiety, you will have to toil a lot harder than others. But don’t let it hold you back from becoming socially healthy. It’s a battle worth fighting for.

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