What is Social Wellness?
Our relationships can provide support during difficult times. Social wellness involves building healthy, nurturing, and supportive relationships as well as fostering a genuine connection with those around you. Conscious actions are important in learning how to balance your social life with your academic and professional commitments. Social wellness also includes balancing the unique needs of romantic relationships with other parts of your life.
Here are some suggestions for ways to improve your social wellness:
Reconnect with people. Go to see a movie or have a coffee with someone you have wanted to reach out to or someone you have not seen in a long time.
Join a club. Check out the clubs on campus at your college. If you can’t find one that interests you, you can start your own!
Get in touch with family.Phone/text a relative you have not communicated with in a while.
Attend a campus event.You can usually find information about upcoming events on your college website.
Host a game/movie night.You can have people over to play games or watch a movie, or host a virtual movie night where everyone watches the same movie in their respective homes while chatting online.
Give someone a compliment.Paying someone a genuine compliment is an easy way to improve their day.
Have a good laugh.Watch something funny, read a funny book, or talk to someone who usually makes you laugh.
Become a peer mentor or mentee.Whether you’re passing along your experience, or benefitting from the experience of someone else, this is a great connection to foster.
Intro to Social Wellness
Video by The Learning Portal Ontario, 2021
5 Ways to Create Stronger Connections
Watch this video (Ted Talk by Robert Reffkin, 2020) to learn some easy ways to connect with other people.