Social wellness refers to the relationships we have and how we interact
with others. Our relationships can offer support during difficult times. Social
wellness involves building healthy, nurturing and supportive
relationships as well as fostering a genuine connection with those around you.
is Social Wellness Important?
an optimal level of social wellness allows you to build healthy relationships
with others. Having a supportive social network allows you to develop assertive
skills and become comfortable with who you are in social situations.
Surrounding yourself with a positive social network increases your self-esteem.
Social wellness enables you to create boundaries that encourage communication,
trust and conflict management. Having good social wellness is critical to
building emotional resilience.
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7 Ways to Successfully Cultivate
Social Wellness for Life
1. Practice Self-Care. ...
2. Know Thyself. ...
3. Don't Criticize, Judge or Blame. ...
4. Own Up to Your Part. ...
5. Rekindle old friendships and nurture relationships with
people who are respectful, positive and supportive. ...
6. Don't be a flake! ...
7. Appreciate Yourself and Others.
Examples of social wellness
- Having meaningful
relationships with friends and family
- Creating a support
system for your educational experience
- Making time to
spend with loved ones
- Respecting yourself
- Developing skills
to navigate conflict or difficult relationships
- Respecting diverse
Strategies for Social Wellness
Meet new people and make new
- Showing confidence,
smiling and introducing yourself to others
- Working out,
joining a group or fitness class to meet new people and stay active
- Joining an
activity, group or campus club that interests you
opportunities for new experiences to grow and meet new people
Manage difficult relationships with
friends, romantic partners, roommates, colleagues or family members by:
- Trying to stay
calm. Breathe first, focus your thinking, then talk.
- Attempting to
resolve conflicts with compromise. Consider both your point of view and
the other person’s perspective.
- Focusing on solving
a problem instead of blaming others. Use “I” statements to express your
thoughts and feelings and be clear about what you need (“ I feel
- Seeking help if you
- Being open to
learning and understanding other individuals and diverse cultural
- Being aware of how
your individual identity influences your perceptions
curiosity, kindness, and even a bit of courage to help maximize your
opportunities to learn new things
- Welcoming others
who may have less support and confidence than you
of Social Distress
Lack of meaningful relationships
Irrational defiance or hostility
Physically abusive behavior
Disrespect for family, peers
Isolation from others
Manipulation, lying, stealing
Anxiety or nervousness in social situations
Limited and/or poor communication with family
Feelings of worthlessness