What is social health?
The short answer is: Healthy & pleasant social Interactions with other parts of the community.
Example: Good social health can be generated by joining a local sports teams and becoming part of the sporting community.
Be prepared to do things out side your comfort zone, and accept that things take time to develop naturally. Also be prepared for some form of rejection when your first start interacting with new people. Let things happen naturally and try not project your need to be immediate best friends. If it does not feel natural then do not proceed just because you want to make friends and improve your social health.
Really think about what you enjoy socially and which activities you would like to do with others.
Cliché but be yourself. You want to meet like minded people so by being yourself your more likely to meet people who are similar. It goes without saying that should always bring the “best version of you” but not a different you.
Do something physical and challenging. When two or more people do something gruelling together it can create an instant respect for one another. Example run 5k in a group of new runners. When you get to the finish line you will enjoy talking about the struggle and how you pushed though to finish.
Team sports, as above with tip 4. Camaraderie can be created by working as a team.
Signs of Being Socially Healthy Include:
- Having assertive skills rather than passive or aggressive ones
- Balancing your social and personal time
- Being engaged with other people in the community
- Adapting in social situations
- To be yourself in all situations
- Treating others with respect
- Being able to develop and maintain friendships and networks
- Creating boundaries in friendships to encourage communication and conflict management
- Having a supportive network of family and friends
- Having fun in life
Social connections might help protect health and lengthen life. Scientists are finding that our links to others can have powerful effects on our health. Whether with family, friends, neighbors, romantic partners, or others, social connections can influence our biology and well-being. Look for ways to get involved with others.
Decades of research have shown that close relationships enhance our immunity to common colds, protect us from developing depression, keep our hearts healthy, and extend our lifespans—not to mention bring us joy, meaning, and purpose.
If physical health is about our bodies, and mental health is about our minds, then social health is about our relationships.
Although these dimensions of health are deeply intertwined, it’s helpful to think of social health separately because of how impactful it is. For instance, researchers have calculated that lacking close relationships raises your risk of dying as much as smoking and more than being obese.
You can take care of your physical health by sticking to an exercise plan, and you can take care of your mental health with stress-reduction techniques or the help of a behavioural therapist or try Health Retreats or Wellness retreats. But what about your social health? Relationships and health are closely connected, and your quality time with friends and loved ones have an impact on both your physical and your mental wellness.
If you’re not familiar with the concept of social health, never fear. Here’s a quick primer, plus some fun, low-risk tips for how to make friends.