As we enter another month in isolation, we thought it might be a good time to highlight the importance of social wellness, one of the seven pillars of wellness that we’ve been talking about over these past few months.
More and more, we are having to be creative in these times so that we can connect with our loved ones, reconnect with people who we haven’t had time to chat with, and fill our hearts with as much love as possible. Virtual hugs ARE IN! And we encourage you to get as many of these as possible.
There’s a great Oscar Wilde quote that says “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” How are you making time to connect while staying at home? And who are you connecting with? With apps like Zoom, Skype, House Party, FaceTime, and many others, we have the ability to drop into our loved ones lives and see what they’re up to. But know that when you’re connecting, it’s doing more for you then just making you feel good.
As the Harvard Women’s Health Watch reported, “Dozens of studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.” People who are chronically lacking in social contacts are more likely to experience elevated levels of stress and inflammation. These, in turn, can undermine the well-being of nearly every bodily system, including the brain. Lack of social interactions also damages our mental health. A (relatively) recent paper about social relationships and health suggests that the emotional support provided by social connections helps to reduce the damaging effects of stress and can foster “a sense of meaning and purpose in life”. Interesting, right? We mentioned last month about the importance of mental wellness during this time and connecting with others is a great way to do this. Staying healthy is more than just eating right and exercising!
So, remember to chat with your friends! We promise you’ll feel better.
Katrina and Jenny
Pacific Pine Running Co.
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