Social wellness is a dimension of wellness that focuses on connection to help provide a sense of self-worth and fulfillment. This connection can be with friends, close family members or community involvement like work, volunteering, organizations and clubs. “We all have unique needs,” says Mandy Kinnaird, Manager of Child and Family Services for Centerstone. “Social wellness may be achieved more by connecting with friends for some, connecting with family for others and so on.”
Strong connections help you feel understood and like you are contributing to the world. As every dimension of wellness is interconnected, having strong social wellness can go on to improve your mental health.
When you are more connected to other people or your community, you can often see improvements in your mood. Engaging with others you enjoy spending time with, or doing life-giving activities, increases the positive chemicals in the reward center of your brain. Building up your connections also provides you with more outlets for support, helping you better prepare for life’s challenges with people who will be there for you.
Conversely, when you are not well-connected, you may see an increase in mental health issues. “Feeling alone makes life harder,” says Mandy Kinnaird. “When you don’t have people around, there are less opportunities for your self-worth to be validated. And when the hard times come, you may have a higher chance of lingering in unresolved crisis.”
To improve our social wellness we need to strengthen our connections. Here are a few tips to help you nurture your relationships with others.
If you are struggling with mental health challenges, Centerstone is here to help. Call us at 1-877-HOPE123 (877-467-3123) or visit centerstone.org/connect-with-us/ to get connected with care.
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.
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