Do you feel like no one understands what you’re going through? Me too. Do you feel like you’re all alone and there’s no one to turn to? Me too. Do you feel like you just don’t want to interact with anyone else and shut yourself off from the world? Me too! You know what? We need to snap out of that state!
Too often it’s easy for us to turn off the world when we’re going through hard times in our lives. It’s easy to isolate. It’s easy to avoid people. It’s easy to put yourself down even more than you already are. Do you know what’s not easy? Building long lasting strong and solid relationships with the people in your life. So strong that they are the ones that pull you off that couch, lend you a shoulder to cry on, and stand by your side on your healing journey – your social wellbeing journey.
The “Social” in social wellbeing:
Social wellbeing is the sense of belonging to a community and making a contribution to society. It is our ability to make and maintain meaningful positive relationships and regular contact with other people in our world – family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
Good social wellbeing includes not only having relationships but also behaving appropriately in these relationships and maintaining acceptable social standards. Our relationship with our family, the basic social unit, impacts our life the most.
The “Real” in relationships:
Do you schedule time with family and friends? Do you enjoy spending time with others? Do you interact with a diverse range of people – people from other cultures or backgrounds or people whose beliefs differ from yours? Are your relationships rewarding? Are your relationships positive? If the answer is no to any of these questions, it means that you need to work on an area of your social wellbeing.
People with high social wellbeing see the value in living in harmony with others and developing healthy behaviors. They seek positive, interdependent relationships with others. We build our social wellbeing by interacting with people around us. These interactions involve using good communication skills, creating and maintaining meaningful relationships, respecting ourselves and others, and creating support systems (with family and friends).
It’s only natural:
Social wellbeing, along with physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, contribute to good health. When we experience unease or nervousness in social situations it can be easy to assume that you have social anxiety. This can sometimes be very distressing as human beings are innately social creatures. We live together in groups, clustering in cities and towns with families and friends. Wanting to feel connected and be around people is a natural impulse. Our health can be fundamentally influenced by the quantity and quality of our support networks and social connections.
You are who you surround yourself with. I’ve heard that phrase too many times to count. But I have to agree with the people who have shared this piece of advice with me. You need that support that family members and true friends can provide.
As humans, we are mutually dependent social creatures – we need to love and be loved. We have a need to belong, and we feel good when we share our experiences with others. The relationships we cultivate are essential to our health and happiness or, in other words, our wellbeing.
A sense of community:
Social wellbeing is strongly linked to social inclusion and a sense of belonging. In our society, a connected person is a supported person. Social intelligence factors – like our emotional intelligence, moral code, upbringing, and ability to adapt – all help cultivate social wellbeing, as do things like trust, freedom and equal rights. Social wellbeing is also influenced by our lifestyles, value systems, belief and traditions.
Whether it’s your local charity association or community theater center, being an active part of something bigger than yourself can give you that boost of self-worth, confidence and that sense
of purpose. Purisoul helps improve those traits and senses, contributing to your overall social wellbeing. Purisoul becomes the connecting link between you and your community.
We guide you towards outlets in your community that help you build healthy connections with your community. It’s time for you to gain back your sense of belonging, your connection to your community, and regain that feeling of happiness, enjoyment and confidence. With Purisoul, disconnect is a thing of the past.
Social wellbeing in the workplace
Have you ever heard someone say “I’m here to work, not to make friends”? Have you said it yourself at one point in time? People who say this are one of two things: they’re heavily introverted or they simply aren’t aware of the value of having friends at work.
Having little to no social support or feeling lonely is linked to severe health concerns like high levels of depression, high chances of getting sick and high blood pressure. Individuals who have close friends at work are seven times likely to feel more engaged in their job and their work environment. A good social environment at work contributes to improving your overall wellbeing.
When it comes to the workplace, we can apply social wellbeing to relationships with colleagues and managers. We can apply it to company values and corporate social responsibility, to social inclusion, a sense of belonging, and feeling valued as a person, colleague and employee.
When we’re going through a life-changing event, we often feel isolated from the world around us, detached from our community and that “me against the world” mentality kicks in. If I can relate, there are a million others who can too. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We often feel alone because we isolate ourselves from our loved ones, thinking that they can’t possibly understand how we feel or what we go through. With this program, you don’t have to anymore.
Social wellbeing completes Purisoul’s 360° circle of wellbeing. For more insight on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, read our previous blog articles. Overcoming life-changing events and achieving overall wellbeing cannot be fully realized without addressing all 4 elements. Purisoul can be your guiding light, leading you throughout your healing journey.