People usually care about their physical health by using a healthy diet and exercising. Similarly, they also take care of mental health by simply using stress reduction techniques, consulting a behavioral therapist, and taking vitamin B12 supplement. Suppose you enjoy good social health then; what you can do to make it healthy. Social health is also equally important.
Loneliness and social isolation
Loneliness and social isolation are the two common indicators of poor social health. Both of the terms are different from each other. Loneliness means you do have not sufficient relationships that you are expecting to have. On the other hand, social isolation means how distant you are from people emotionally and physically.
We will discuss how can you overcome poor social health and enjoy good social health.
1. Make new friends (keep the old ones)
Poor social health leads to social isolation, and social isolation leads to depression. Depression leads to further social isolation, and a vicious cycle will start. However, it is necessary to break this cycle and make new friends while not neglecting the old friends. As we age, we are hesitant to make strong interpersonal relations. A meta-analysis also showed that a person’s social circle shrinks over time.
2. Start with basics while making a new relationship.
Talk about your routine, T.V. shows you like, and your interest’s hobbies. Figure out the common interest. This will help in socializing a new relationship.
3. Take the time to make the time.
If you are feeling lonely, but some relations in your life need your attention, care, and time. Brainstorm these relations and plan to visit them for lunch or a movie night. After meeting them, you will feel that they were also missing you, and it will bring a positive change in your social health.
4. Take care of yourself
It is time-consuming to make friends and do physical activity in a busy routine. You can take care of your social and physical health simultaneously. For this purpose, accompany the friend to the gym or a park and do the physical activity together. You can also join the communities of your interest. Work for the welfare of others in trouble. This will bring peace of mind and make a stronger relationship with your community.
5. Shape your family habits
If you are the parent, keep in mind that your everyday behaviour has a great impact on shaping your child’s behaviour as well. Children learn from their elders. Physical and eating habits you practice at your home also influence your children’s physical health. Parents are the most important model of setting a good or bad behaviour in the children’s life. So, always behave positively at home, spend time playing with the children, help them in their studies, and become active listeners. This will shape the good social health of your family.