|It is important to have a social support network|
One of the biggest benefits of having good social wellbeing is the presence of a social support network. This network can be close friends and family members to turn to when you are in need or in a crisis situation. Your support team can offer assistance, perspective and insight to a situation that may have caused your judgment to become clouded. This support can come in three different forms:
- Emotional – when someone else’s actions make you feel cared for.
- Instrumental – something physical such as lending money or cooking a meal.
- Informational – providing information to help someone else.
- Devote a set amount of time every week to the relationship to show that you see it as a priority.
- Be honest and supportive of one another’s feelings, hopes and dreams.
- If necessary, accept blame or avoid criticism for any breakdowns in the relationship.
- Don’t try to fix the person. Be supportive by focusing on the positives in a situation.
- Show appreciation in verbal and nonverbal ways.
- Never jump to conclusions or respond without the whole picture.
- Treat your relationships as a place to give, not a place to take.
- Don’t compete. By happy instead of jealous with successes that aren’t your own.
|Volunteering is a great way to meet others with similar interests|
- If you are a dog owner, walk your pet every day in a public place where there are other people out and about.
- Join a gym or an exercise group. Exercising with others provides a good icebreaker for conversation.
- Volunteering is a great way to meet others who share your same passions.
- Find an interest group that meets regularly and works on their hobbies.
- Go back to school or take a class.
- Attend a house of worship.
About the Author
|Dennis T. Campbell II|
for Cone Health Behavioral Health Services.