Connecting with those around us
Whether it’s friends, family or wider members of the community – engaging and connecting with others is just as important for our mental health as it is for our physical wellbeing. Creating connections and building strong relationships with those around us can protect us from depression and anxiety, and also provide us with a stronger sense of belonging and purpose.
A 2018 study by the American Cancer Society found social isolation even has the potential to contribute to cognitive decline, sleeping troubles and depression. Social connection however has the ability to boost our mood and help us to better manage all of our emotions, as well as decrease the sensation of loneliness. Sometimes it might be something as simple as a hug from a friend, a quick coffee catch-up with a pal on the weekend or even some time spent outdoors with a family member.