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Being Social

Maintaining a healthy and balanced social life can have an extremely positive effect on your mental health.  By being socially active and spending time with people, you may stop yourself becoming isolated and lonely when feeling day-to-day pressures.

Social contact is often a neglected area if our mood is lower or we are feeling stressed.  When we are stressed or feeling low, we often avoid seeing people.  However, they can play an important part in maintaining mental well-being.

These are some of the things which can help build a good social life:

  • Activities – physical and mental activities not only provide the opportunity to form social bonds, but also provide a distraction for a set period of time.  Repeating activities, such as weekly football sessions or mums and toddlers groups, can also lead to more social activities as the group may have additional activities; such as meals out, etc.
  • Working Relationships – if you have a job it helps to build up or maintain good, strong relationships with the people you work with; as working relationships can provide a lot of support and understanding.  Many people also find that they become long-term friends with work colleagues.
  • Family Relationships – family an be a source of support.  If possible, it is a good idea to keep up-to-date with family affairs to ‘stay in the loop’ and to maintain relationships as best you can.  Half an hour on the phone a week to a loved family member can improve the feeling of belonging.
  • Hobbies – hobbies provide an opportunity to get enthusiastic about something, help develop your skills and confidence and provide a basis for friendships with people who share your hobby.  Hobbies can also provide a variety of activities in the form of workshops, courses and creative groups.
  • Social Relationships – friendships with people who hold similar interests or who have had similar experiences can help with communal support.  It is worth joining a local support group, or attending some evening classes or hobby groups to meet people.

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