Social Wellness Month is the time to remember that healthy relationships are a vital component of our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. During Social Wellness Month in July, it is important to focus on those close to you and continue making meaningful connections. Social Wellness can be defined as having positive connections with friends, family, and others.
There are some signs of social wellness that individuals should look out for in others and themselves to make sure they are forming deep and healthy connections. Some of the signs include:
- Valuing diversity and treating others with respect
- Having a supportive network of family and friends
- Balancing social and personal time
- The ability to create boundaries within relationships that encourage communication, trust, and conflict management
- Continuously building and maintaining friendships or social networks
Understanding social wellness is important because it gives peace of mind and can also be a great healing mechanism. There are four main forms of social support: emotional, instrumental, informational, and appraisal.
Emotional support includes giving and receiving emotional encouragement to others which includes making those feel comfortable while acknowledging if you feel cared for as well. This type of support also consists of expressions of empathy, love, trust, and caring.
Instrumental support is more about the physical aspects of supporting others which include lending a hand, housekeeping, and any tangible aid or service.
Informational support includes advice, suggestions, and information that helps an individual receive help in any situation.
Appraisal support is one of the most important types of support because it involves encouragement, self-evaluation, and helps individuals better themselves and help others do the same.
These forms of social support are essential to building long-lasting relationships that matter. It is also important to celebrate social wellness with yourself by doing things that matter the most to you. This includes joining a club or group that interests you, reconnecting with a close friend or family member, or spending quality time with pets. These three ways help individuals understand their motivation for life and maintain stress levels to improve their health.
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