12 Jul Celebrating Social Wellness Month this July
Social wellness is all about your capability to bond with others and build satisfying relationships—and don’t forget about nurturing yourself, too!
With the return to in-person activities after more than two years, Social Wellness Month is especially relevant now. While building relationships may be easy for some, it may take others a bit longer to feel comfortable in social settings, particularly after an extended break.
Benefits of social interaction
It’s too soon to determine the long-term mental and social effects of the pandemic, but the impacts are already far-reaching. Human beings are social creatures, and our friendships and relationships play a vital role in our overall wellness.
According to the National Institute of Aging, research has linked isolation and loneliness to a higher risk for a variety of physical and mental conditions, including obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, depression and more. In fact, research has shown that people who have a strong social network tend to live longer, with better reactions to stress.
If you’ve been isolated at home, start exploring social connections in whatever way is comfortable for you.
How to meet new people and share new experiences
Inviting people into your circle can be challenging after a long period of semi-isolation, but you can start small by meeting a friend for coffee or booking a relaxing or therapeutic massage.
While it’s important to nurture existing relationships, here are some tips on how to expand your social circle and invite new relationships into your life:
- Stay active AND make friends by joining a fitness group like a running club or exercise class.
- Whether it’s painting, baking or knitting, explore a hobby or class you’ve always wanted to try. Strike up a conversation with others interested in the same hobby.
- Join a professional group or association related to your career and reap the benefits of networking.
- Volunteer! It’s a great way to give back to your community and meet others with a similar mindset.
The power of friendship
July 30 marks the International Day of Friendship. Of course, friendship can contribute to social wellness by shaping bonds between people and developing strong ties of trust. At Massago, we recognize the importance of connections and trust, and strive to incorporate those values into our app and all our interactions with our clients.
Whatever your current comfort level with socializing, Social Wellness Month can help you mark a new beginning and build new, meaningful relationships as we enter a new normal.