No man is an island, they say. As cliche as this quote may be, it does hold scientific truth: we have always been a species that relied on cooperation for survival1.
As it turns out, the older we get, the more important the se personal connections are2 in terms of keeping our minds and bodies healthy. But did you know, our social skills actually begin to decline3 between our 30s and 40s?
This is where social wellness comes in.
Social connections and social wellness
Social wellness can be broadly described as the ability to interact and form positive and meaningful relationships with others.
Naturally, social skills are critical; by learning how to express ourselves and our feelings, we improve our social skills and form social connections.
Without social skills, we would experience more stress, more loneliness, and poorer overall health4.
Moreover, social connections are what keeps loneliness at bay by tethering us to the wider community.
But just having social connections does not mean we are necessarily socially well. So how do you assess your social health?
Are you doing well?
Ever find yourself choosing to bottle up your unhappy thoughts after a fight with someone, rather than telling them how you really feel? Or do you find yourself changing parts of your personality just to fit in and please the ones around you?
Do you have at least one person whom you can trust and lean on for support during tough times?
These are questions you should ask yourself and are signs5 that let you know how well you’re doing in terms of social wellness. After all, social wellness involves being able to openly communicate your needs, feelings, thoughts and desires to those around you.
Tips to maintain good relationships with those around you
Good news! Just like how physical wellness can be improved with exercise and a balanced diet, you can also improve your social wellness by practicing some good habits6.
When dealing with conflict, pay attention to your phrasing and tone so you respond in a ‘socially appropriate’ manner. Accept the blame and apologise if you are at fault, instead of making excuses for your behaviour.
Respect and be respected
When it comes to building and maintaining meaningful relationships with others, remember that it’s a two-way street — you get what you give! Lighthearted banter is fine, but be careful about teasing or mocking someone too much.
Show appreciation to the ones around you in verbal and non-verbal ways. And if you’ve made a promise to someone, make sure you commit to them!
At the end of the day, being able to convey your thoughts and feelings clearly and effectively is key to feeling good about yourself, and to building trustworthy relationships with others.
Do good, feel good
If you approach your social relationships with positive energy and support, you’re likely to receive the same. Little things like virtual check-ins with family and friends, grabbing coffee with colleagues, or even volunteering can go a long way in helping you stay socially well.
Strong relationships are forged with time, effort and trust. And this is something we prioritise too at Prudential. Our reliable Financial Consultants
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