Having a good social life can seem difficult for some, whereas it’s an everyday life for others. Not everyone gets hyped about having company around, we know, they find it enjoyable being alone. Although, being alone has its advantages and disadvantages, given the rate at which it’s done. When being alone all the time becomes a norm, it affects your social life and can have negative effects on your well-being, especially with the pandemic and all the events that have occurred this year.
Listed below are some of the health benefits of having a good social life;
It enhances your mental Health:
Studies show - and wisdom confirms - being social decreases depression. Socialization can help improve your mental and emotional health. Having someone around to talk to helps ease whatever burden one might be feeling; therefore, socialization improves overall mental health. Time spent with loved ones reduces the chances of worry and depression.
It boosts your confidence and self-esteem:
Being lonely often leads to lower confidence and self-esteem. Spending time with friends and family can be confidence-boosting, and being with people you care about helps you understand that you have a place in the world. It can also help you see yourself positively different. The compliment we get from those we love boosts confidence and self-esteem.
It increases quality of life:
Staying social and connected can extend one’s lifespan and improve the quality of one’s life. Studies show that loneliness and senior health issues have been correlated, and that loneliness can be a risk factor of functional decline and death in older people. Laughter is the best medicine, spend time with people, it not only makes you laugh; it exposes you to new things and experiences every day.
It boosts immunity and other physical health benefits:
Socialization can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. It also reduces stress and the risk of having higher blood pressure. Interacting and participating in various social activities exercises the brain and keeps it fit and agile, therefore aiding brain health.
It promotes purpose:
Spending time with others helps us feel wanted and important. When we have something to do, somewhere to go, and someone counting on us, it feels good. Being around people we love makes life more fulfilling. When others count on us, we are more likely to take care of ourselves, and stay healthy for as long as we can. Being available for others and spending time with them gives you a sense of value and purpose.
Now that you know the benefits of socialization, you can use them as motivation to make changes in your life. There are lots of ways to stay connected. These will help during this current pandemic and beyond:
Make new friends: Making new friends mean finding new hobbies and adventures to catch, it can also open up the mind to new ideas and experiences.
Find like-minded communities: This community could be faith, cause or activity-based. Think about what matters to you and seek out a community of people who share your interest.
Social media: Social media is a vast place where you meet all kinds of people, being mindful of how you use social media can help you stay connected and aware of your environment.
There are a lot more ways to stay socially active; you just have to know what works best for you.
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