March 27, 2024 | Allison Robertson

Social Wellness Tips

Social Wellness Tips

Social wellness plays a huge role in how you experience the world. Small, simple changes to your everyday habits can make a big difference in how you feel, look, and function. 

The following suggestions will help you form deeper connections and a well-developed support system.

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What is Social Health and Wellness?

In general, social health and wellness includes a set of behaviors and lifestyle habits that promote strong relationships with peers, family, and even strangers.

Here's 36 ways you can boost your social wellness, easily. 

Man thinking and looking upAndrea Piacquadio, Pexels

Join a Club

Consider joining a club or sports team just for fun. Choose something you can do on a weekday evening that will get you out of the house and meeting new people. Social connections help protect health and lengthen life.

A Man Playing Tenniscottonbro studio, Pexels

Have Lunch With Someone New

Break your usual routine, and meet with a new friend for lunch on a sunny afternoon. The different setting and new friend will add some excitement to your social life, and do wonders for your emotional health.

Cheerful colleagues taking selfie.Gustavo Fring, Pexels

Explore a New Place

Take a few minutes and check out that thrift shop in town you’ve been eyeing up for months. Squeeze in some time before your weekly grocery shop, or on a Sunday afternoon. Spark a conversation with the owner about a cool new find.

Woman looking Clothes on the Clothes RackMART PRODUCTION, Pexels

Improve Your Active Listening Skills

If you know someone going through a rough time, let them know you’re there to listen and support them. Being there for someone else’s time of need is good for your own health as well.

Woman Comforting Crying friendKarolina Grabowska, Pexels

Socialize Off-Line

Get off social media and spark up a conversation with someone face-to-face. Talk to your neighbour about their new car, or chat with someone at the mailbox. Even a 5-minute conversation will boost your social wellness.

Two Men Talking and Sitting on StairsMental Health America (MHA), Pexels

Look for Similarities in Others Rather Than Differences

This helps build connections. Most of us have the same needs and wants, and we usually have far more similarities with others than we think.

Photo Of Women Talking To Each OtherKATRIN BOLOVTSOVA, Pexels

Make it a Regular Thing

Schedule a regular date to do something helps you stay consistently connected. Every Sunday, watch your favorite show with a friend, every Wednesday you can go for a run together.

Girls Running With Their Dogs on Grass Field.Gustavo Fring, Pexels

Embrace Diversity

Be aware of your biases. If everyone were the same, the world would be a very boring place.

Two young men watching videos on smartphone.Armin Rimoldi, Pexels

Engage in Healthy Romantic Relationships

Strong, healthy relationships can also help to strengthen your immune system, help you recover from disease, and may even lengthen your life.

Man and Woman Sitting on Bench at woods.Andre Furtado, Pexels

Learn How to Apologize

Apologizing builds bridges and heals wounds. It is also a courageous act—since it can be difficult to do—because you’re overcoming your own self-protectiveness when you do it.

Couple arguing in home.Alex Green, Pexels

Learn the Power of Forgiveness

As with apologizing, giving forgiveness is also important for social well-being. When someone hurts you, it’s hard to forget, but holding onto anger only continues to hurt yourself.

Man and Woman Hugging Each Othercottonbro studio, Pexels

Practice Gratitude

Be thankful for what you have and what you can do. Surely, there’s a lot more you’d like in life, but if you only focus on what you’re missing, you’ll miss out on the great things right in front of you.

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Take a Holiday

Take a break every now and then and get away. It doesn’t have to be an expensive overseas trip or an extended time off work.

Go away for the weekend, or check into a local hotel overnight just get away from your everyday life and reset.

Girl seating on the road on suitcase with flowers.Pixabay, Pexels

Laugh Often

Laughter is great for your physical and emotional wellbeing. It relieves stress; releases endorphins and can help shift your focus from the distressing to a more positive perspective.

Woman is smiling outside.Andrea Piacquadio, Pexels

Get Outdoors

Sunlight improves your mood and being outside encourages you to be more active and it supplies you with vitamin D which helps your body absorb calcium.

Happy man sitting with laptop and juice in parkAndrea Piacquadio, Pexels

Adopt a Pet

Pets are another great way to relieve stress. Cuddles with your pet can be really beneficial for both of you.

Girl Looking at Brown Tabby CatHải Nguyễn, Pexels

Volunteer Your Time

Giving back to others is a great way to get your focus off yourself and onto others. It helps develop your sense of gratitude and empathy.

Girls are seating next to window.Christina Morillo, Pexels

Get Some Plants

Plants aren’t just aesthetically pleasing; they serve a purpose too. Plants remove toxins from the air, and add oxygen, improving the overall air quality of your home—which does wonders for your health.

Woman Hand Holding PlantAlina Skazka, Pexels

Take Up Gardening

Digging in the dirt relieves stress, boosts your memory, boosts your mood, and even burns calories. Find a community garden to join and make it a social booster too.

Girls Doing Gardening Togethercottonbro studio, Pexels

Join a Fitness Class

Not only does exercise boost your health all on its own, but joining a group class makes it a social event that doubles up on the benefits.

People at gym.Victor Freitas, Pexels

Give Compliments

Making other people feel good about themselves is a great way to start any kind of relationship and build connections—and it will also make you feel good too.

Couple are talking and smiling.Polina Tankilevitch, Pexels

Mindful Eating

Be mindful how you’re fueling your body, but don’t forget to treat yourself. Enjoy dinner with friends once in a while without paying too much attention to the ingredients.

Family having a dinnerNicole Michalou, Pexels

Plan Outings with Friends

Our busy adult lives often prevent us from seeing our friends regularly, but don’t let that become the new norm. Prioritize time with your friends, doing what you love to do together.

Friends having a party outside.Kampus Production, Pexels

Master the Art of Conflict Resolution

There’s no need for conflicts to become unpleasant or hostile. Learn how to phrase requests so they don’t appear to be an attack. This will strengthen social relationships.

People are having a conversation in hallwaycottonbro studio, Pexels

Drink More Coffee

Coffee has a range of positive effects on both your physical and mental fitness. Grabbing a cup of coffee and having a chat with a friend is also a great way to relax.

Man Drinking Coffee while Using LaptopROMAN ODINTSOV, Pexels

Eat More Chocolate

Chocolate is a mood lifter and good quality chocolate also has some health benefits when consumed in moderation. It’s also a great treat to share among friends.

Woman Eating a Chocolate BarRDNE Stock project, Pexels

Take Alone Time

Having a social life can be emotional draining all in itself. Make sure you take time for yourself so you don’t get too overwhelmed being social all the time.

Woman seating on the bed and looking at side.Andrea Piacquadio, Pexels

Prioritize Sleep

A proper amount of sleep is necessary to keep you performing well, as well as to maintain mental and emotional health.

Man sleeping in bed.Andrea Piacquadio, Pexels

Prioritize Relaxation

Take a yoga or meditation class. Not only does this boost your relaxation, it also gets you being social with like-minded people.

Woman in Black Tank Top is Sitting Beside Man in Black Shirt doing meditation.cottonbro studio, Pexels

Read More Books

Join a book club. Not only does reading benefit your social and emotional well-being, but joining a book club gives you the opportunity to discuss interest topics with others.

Couple in room are reading books.cottonbro studio, Pexels

Take Up a Hobby

Find other people who share the same interests as you. Join a local craft group, or attend a paint night in your area.

A Woman with Short Hair Holding a Digital Camera on Black Background.Nancy Chiamaka DeStrangeImages, Pexels

Don’t Be a Flake

Be mindful of the commitments you make and keep them. Know your limitations and don’t spread yourself too thin.

Happy man sitting outside, smiling and looking up.Andrea Piacquadio, Pexels

Practice Self Care

Finding balance in life is increasingly important. Self-care embraces basic needs and avoids negative coping mechanisms.

Woman Having a MassageAnna Tarazevich, Pexels

Don’t Criticize Others

No one wants to be judged, criticized or blamed, and if those dynamics are present, it can indicate an unhealthy, and potentially abusive, relationship.

Couple standing near wall and talkingJuan Vargas, Pexels

Find Healthy Coping Mechanisms

Stress is inevitable, but how you react to it is up to you. Having healthy coping mechanisms will help keep your mood in check, and avoiding straining connections with others.

Woman in Red Sweater Wearing White Headphones.Sound On, Pexels

Set and Keep Boundaries

Setting healthy boundaries—on both our personal and professional lives—allows us to express who we are as opposed to who people expect us to be.

Black man leaning on door and looking at camera.Monstera Production, Pexels

Final Thoughts

Practicing social wellness doesn’t need to be difficult. It’s as simple as making a list of habits you’d like to integrate into your life.

These practices can have lasting benefits on your physical and mental well-being.

Happy Woman Looking at the Mirror and smiling.Andrea Piacquadio, Pexels


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