Social & Financial Health

What is Social Health?

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Therefore, your overall well being does not only consist of your physical and mental health but also of your social health. Social health involves your ability to interact with others and to create healthy, meaningful and satisfying relationships with people. It is also defined as the ability to have positive social interactions and adjust to social situations. Your social interactions impact on your physical and mental health. It is important to develop and maintain positive interactions in relationships such as family, work and intimate relationships, friendships and acquaintances. 

How can you assess your Social Health?

Think about the relationships present in your life and try to establish if the following elements are present:

  • You feel comfortable, accepted and can be yourself
  • They are respectful relationships
  • You have established healthy boundaries
  • You feel supported by your relationships
  • You feel that you are able to express and communicate effectively
  • You feel you can balance your personal time with your social relationships
  • You feel there is reciprocity and equality

How can you improve your Social Health?

Practice good communication: being able to communicate effectively and comfortably with others will help you start and maintain healthy social relationships.

  • Maintain an open body language
  • Practice active listening
  • Be present, try not to think of other things or what to say next
  • Tolerate silences

Nurture the relationship that you have with yourself: the relationship that you have with yourself impacts all the other relationships in your life and your social interactions.

  • Treat yourself with respect, love and care.
  • Having a good relationship with yourself will also improve your emotional wellbeing and confidence, making it easier to participate in social interactions. 

Practice Self-Care: self-care is necessary for your social health.

  • Know yourself, your limits and boundaries.
  • Spend enough time taking care of yourself and find a good balance between your “me time” and your social time. 

Build healthy and meaningful relationships: healthy, strong and meaningful relationships have a very positive impact in your social health and your general quality of life.

  • These relationships will positively affect your physical and emotional well-being.

Take time: in order to take care of your social health it is important to allocate time to your relationships.

  • Take time to nurture your relationships, to build and maintain connections with others. 

Share health habits: engage in healthy behaviours with others, for example, with a physical activity that you enjoy. 

Find common interests: finding people that share your interests and values can bring a sense of community and belonging and helps form strong bonds with others. 

Practice assertivity and conflict resolution: find a balance between passive and aggressive communication.

  • Express to others what you want and what you need in a confident and respectful way.
  • Try not to judge or blame others; focus on how you feel.
  • Resolve conflicts showing respect for yourself and others.

Identify toxic and unhealthy relationships: pay attention to your interactions and identify toxic or unhealthy relationships. 

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