Why Is Social Wellbeing Important?
by Kat Rowe | May 5, 2022
Social wellbeing is the act of taking care of ourselves, others, and our relationships. Social wellness aWhen we think about wellness, we typically think of our physical health. But this is only one facet of the 8 dimensions of wellness. Spending quality time with others feels good, right? Whereas spending a lot of time alone can make you feel lonely. So you can see how social wellbeing is equally as important as physical health.
Social wellness contributes to your overall wellbeing. Social health makes you feel positive about interacting with the wider world including with other people. Good social wellbeing means that you can interact with a range of people, you have a sense of belonging, you have empathy, respect and tolerance for others, you can manage emotions in different situations, you can recognise and manage the effects of actions on others, and you are aware of your own and others’ rights and responsibilities.
Benefits of Social Wellbeing
1. Boosts your physical health and mental wellbeing
Social interactions have long and short term influences on your physical health and mental wellbeing. Studies have shown that romantic relationships, for example, form a central source of wellbeing for young adults and adolescents, while support from friends typically correlates with higher levels of resilience.
2. Promotes better overall wellbeing
The more close friends a person has, with whom you can discuss intimate matters, the better your wellbeing. Your wellbeing declines, however, as the number of acquaintances increases. The frequency of interaction with friends and your satisfaction with a friendship has been associated with life satisfaction.
3. Lowers your risk of conditions like dementia
Yes, improving your social wellbeing has been shown to decrease your risk of eventually developing conditions like dementia. This may be because having meaningful conversations with others, talking and listening, helps to keep your brain sharp and your emotional needs met.
4. Gives a sense of safety, security and belonging
It’s not hard to see how having someone you can confide in makes you feel good. After all, sharing secrets and news with someone helps you make decisions and realise what’s important.
How Can I Increase My Social Wellbeing?
7. Participate in community events
Getting involved in community events like parades, parties, bake-offs or competitions can be a memorable occasion. All the planning and preparation can build a real sense of anticipation and excitement. Then when the day does arrive, and your efforts pay off, you’ll feel a great sense of satisfaction. Visit your local community centre or join an online “What’s on near me” group to stay in the loop about your town or state events.
If you are interested in taking the first step on your journey towards your social wellness goals, please contact Stride Mental Health today.