Thank you for tuning into the last installment of my wellness series! I hope you all have found this useful! It was a learning experience for me as well. Today’s installment is focusing on social wellness, and how you can make small changes to improve this in your own life!
Social Wellness and You
Social wellness refers to your relationships with the people around you and how we interact with those around us. Building healthy, supportive, and nurturing relationships are vital because these relationships can offer support during hard times. Humans are a social species, and we all rely on each other in one way or another. When discussing social wellness, it’s necessary to ask yourself a few questions. Are your relationships positive and rewarding? What aspects of your social life are you satisfied with? What do you want to improve? Reflecting on your own actions and how they may affect the people around you is key to keeping your relationships healthy.
So what can you do to improve your own social wellness? First, participate! Don’t be afraid to explore diversity, be open-minded when talking to people of different backgrounds. Gaining self-confidence is a prime factor in improving social wellness. Many people are insecure about their ability to communicate with others, and the only way to improve this is practice! Talk to new people, ask questions, and don’t be afraid! Every single one of us has had moments where we said the wrong thing (or think we said the wrong thing) and won’t let it go for a week. Trust me, I know I have. However, it’s in these mistakes that we learn and grow! Making mistakes is human, and no one can tease you about it because none of us are perfect. Participate in social activities you enjoy, and don’t let anyone tell you that you’re doing it wrong. Not everyone loves huge groups of people. I recommend finding a school club or community group you can participate in that caters to your interest. Maybe it’s a video game club or an activist group or student council or a sport or, if you’re like me, a theatre group! Participating in something competitive can also enhance your teamwork and collaboration skills. Often times, you also can create close relationships that’ll stay with you for a lifetime. I’ll never forget my fellow drama friends and the girls I grew up dancing with.
Having the awareness to be able to tell the difference between a healthy and a toxic relationship is also important to your overall well being. There are many signs you could be in a toxic relationship, and this does not have to refer to a romantic relationship. Friends, relatives, and even parents can pose a toxic environment to you. It is always hard to deal with these relationships and avoid them in a mature and safe way, but it is up to you to decide what if best and safest for you. Ask yourself questions about the relationship in question. Is there a mutual respect? Is there trust? Honesty? Do you encourage each other? Is there a healthy amount of time spent apart? Together? There are also many signs of an unhealthy relationship. Watching your feelings when interacting with this person can be telltale signs. If you find yourself feeling pressured or controlled by them, tiptoeing around their feelings, feeling afraid of angering them, you may need to reflect on what can or should be done. You should never feel guilty for ending an unhealthy relationship. Do what is best for you and your well being, instead of what you feel others want you to do. For more information, read this article on healthy vs unhealthy relationships.
Last, let’s talk about conflict resolution. We all can spend time building conflict resolution skills, and these are skills that can be used in the workplace, school, and personal relationships. Conflict generally arises from differences of any kind. When approaching conflicts, it’s important to consider what the root of the problem is. Sometimes underlying issues between individuals can cause conflict about small, unimportant problems. Sometimes, it is truly about what the disagreement is focused on. It’s also vital to remember that when ignored, conflicts can grow much larger than they need to be. Dealing with it when it arises is always the best way to go. After considering the root cause, think seriously about both sides. While it’s near impossible to look at it without a bias, you can do your best to look at the facts, and consider both opinions. Keeping calm is the fastest way to lose control of your emotions and situation. Be honest and respectful, voice your opinion, and listen to theirs. Chances are, whatever it is, they feel just as strongly as you do, and that should always be remembered. Active listening is also key to considering both sides. Listen to what they have to say, and make sure you’re listening to hear what they are saying, instead of listening to respond. Here is an article from the Huffington Post on 10 tips for effective conflict resolution, if you’d like some extra reading!
Thank you so much for reading! I truly hope you enjoyed this series! I have two scheduled posts for the next couple weeks, so stay tuned!
Til Next Time