Social Wellness and Relationships
Part of overall wellness includes contributing to others and feeling like you are part of a wider community. When you aren't feeling well it is easy to isolate, but connecting with others is essential for wellness.
What do the Categories Mean?
- Quality Time with Family and Friends
- Do I plan time to be with my family and friends?
- Balance of Social and Personal Time
- Do I find a happy balance between my social and personal time?
- Engaged with Community Members
- Do I reach out to other community members? Do I find ways to support and interact with my community?
- Have Fun in Social Settings
- Do I enjoy the time I spend with others?
- Ability to Be Yourself
- Do I present my true self to others? Am I in touch with who I am at my core? Can I be myself without fear of judgement?
- Healthy Close Relationships
- Are my relationships with others positive and rewarding? Do I feel safe and supported? I look forward to spending alone time with my partner.
- Communication Skills
- Am I a good listener? Can I clearly speak what is on my mind? Am I aware of the nonverbal communication skills I am sending out?
- Support System
- Do I have people that I can go to when I need to talk? Do I have phone numbers in place when I am feeling down?
Want to Take Action on Certain Areas?
Quality Time with Family and Friends
- If you are short on time try to cut your personal internet use in half;
- Connect at a deeper level with family and friends by truly listening to them; and
- Take time to see what your family and friends really need.
Balance of Social and Personal Time
- Text, call, or email a friend or family member;
- Offer to help a friend or family member with chores or errands;
Engaged with Community Members
- Smile and say 'good morning" or hi to people;
- Hold the door for someone;
- Give someone a compliment;
- Look for opportunities to volunteer in your community; and
- Get in involved in a local organization or cause;
Have Fun in Social Settings
- Go for a walk and smile or say "Hi" to someone;
Ability to Be Yourself
“Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.” ~Alan Watts
How many times do you wish you could just be free to be yourself. Who are you when you let go of the labels others have placed on you? Who are you when you no longer need to be defined by your past?
- Give yourself permission to be yourself
Healthy Close Relationships
Having a close connection with our loved ones is crucial to our overall well-being and happiness. Feeling safe and supported allows us to thrive in our lives and not have to worry so much about the basis survival tasks.
- Tell your loved ones that you love them;
- Treat your supportive family and friends as the treasures that they are:
- Communicate as clearly as they can;
- Don't avoid having difficult conversations which can help your relationships to grow; and
- Say sorry when appropriate.
- Write a note of appreciate to a co-worker;
- Think of one small way you can connect today. Write down what you will do;
- Do you best to be on good terms with people; and
- View everyone and everything you meet with gratitude.
- Go to an appointment or support group;
- Call a help line to chat;
Here are some other general suggestions to increase Social Wellness?
- go to school;
- go to work or volunteer;
- Spend some time with a pet;
- Say something encouraging to someone;
- Pick up litter in your neighborhood;
- Spend some time thinking about what larger issues you care about;