Social wellness doesn’t mean having the most friends or spending all your time being social. It means having strong social connections to help support you. Having this support network often allows for success in other areas of your life because you have people supporting and encouraging you as you set out to achieve your goals.
1. Plan time with your friends and family.
Sometimes our busy schedules get in the way of taking a breather and recharging. Spending time with your loved ones is worth putting off the to-do list for a few hours as you rebuild your social wellness. Face-to-face interactions can not only benefit your happiness, it has also been shown to benefit your physical health as well. If you have a hard time dropping things to meet, schedule a regular activity or no-distractions meal with your favorite people on a regular basis.
2. Focus on positive relationships that you find rewarding.
Having the most friends will not benefit your social wellness if half of them leave you stressed out or exhausted from interacting with them. Find the people who you most enjoy spending time with and build on those positive relationships to make them stronger.
3. Incorporate your social relationships Into other elements of your wellness.
Whether you’re meeting a friend for a job on Saturday mornings, having weekly accountability meetings, or having meaningful conversations about your stresses, having a social network that you can depend on and turn to can benefit all areas of wellness.
4. If you need some time alone, take it.
Social wellness does not require you to always be social. It is measured by the quality of your relationships and how you build social and communication skills. Sometimes you need some time alone to focus on strengthening your emotional wellness, and that’s okay too. Taking time to recharge on your own is not a failure of social wellness, but a component that makes spending time with friends and family even better.