We are social creatures. The need for socialization and friends is programmed into our brains through evolution meaning that you simply must have a social life to be fulfilled and happy. When you are socially active, you tend to be happier, more active, less stressed, and feel a stronger connection to community, which is also linked to improved mental and physical health. But with how busy day to day life gets in today’s world, it can be a challenge to find ways to stay social. Here are three things you can do to help stay social and improve your wellbeing.
Make Time for Friends
The first and foremost thing that you must do to improve your social life is to make time for friends. If you feel like you are too busy for friends, then it is time for you to reconsider your schedule and think about ways that you can make time for friends. Consider everything you do in a typical day. If your average day involves an hour or two of Netflix bingeing, then you can probably afford to cut that short a little bit to carve out a few hours for friends.
Maintain Family Connections
Staying socially active isn’t just about friends, it is also about family. The connection and love that is shared between family members is truly unique and can be a powerful force for your wellbeing. An area of family connection that should not be ignored is socializing with senior relatives that are retired, even just giving your grandparents a phone call every now and again can-do wonders for both of your health. Some assisted living facilities have more lenient phone policies than others. Make sure you know the policy at the assisted living facility your family is at so that you can call them when it is convenient.
Go Out More
The pandemic is still going on, but the world has turned a corner with vaccines that means social life is beginning to return to the outside world. But just because there are opportunities to go out more often doesn’t mean you are taking them. It can be difficult to get the energy to head out now that we are so used to staying in all day, but it is essential to ensuring that you feel socially fulfilled. Try to get out, you will have a good time if you can just get yourself out the door.
There are few things as essential to your health as your social life. While the pandemic has made socialization more difficult, there are still ways to improve your social life. Try these three tips to stay socially active and improve your wellbeing.
Another important part of wellbeing is sleeping well! Check out this article on how to keep a healthy sleep schedule!