• McKenzie Schwark

Creating Connection for Social Health

This year has brought about major challenges, and major health concerns. There was just no escaping the daily health messaging from how to properly wash your hands, to how to stay physically active from your home and how to still try to be social while being isolated. It’s no secret that a global pandemic has caused a major shift in the ways we live and take care of ourselves, and has wreaked havoc on many of the ways in which we previously stayed healthy. Even if you’ve been fortunate enough to escape some complications of COVID-19, your social health has likely still taken quite the hit.

Yes, social health. It may not get the same air time as mental or physical health, but establishing and maintaining healthy relationships is a major factor in living a healthy lifestyle. Even before the pandemic, the United States was deemed to be in a loneliness epidemic, and that has surely gotten worse after nearly a year of staying inside. Dozens of studies have shown that people who have healthy relationships with family and friends, and are active in their communities live longer, happier lives.

Lack of meaningful social interaction can negatively affect one’s physical and mental health. People who feel connected to others reportedly experience lower levels of anxiety and depression. And both have been on the rise in recent years, especially during the pandemic. The Go/Do app is a great tool to help you not only find local businesses and deals, but to also find like-minded people in your area that you can interact with.

Some easy ways to get out in your community and improve your social well-being are becoming a regular at a local business, attending local events, and getting to know your neighbors. Meeting people in your area is a great way to build meaningful connections. Plus, you’ve already got one thing in common! You’re most likely to meet other people in your community by, well, getting out into your community. Taking advantage of deals at local restaurants and bars, or attending events put on by your city or neighborhood is a great way to not only explore your area, but also get to know the other people who live and work near you.

Every new year, thousands commit to living healthier lives. Gym memberships surge, and lifestyle changes like Dry January, Whole 30, or Veganuary pop up all over social media. Social health is also a major part of living a healthy lifestyle, and just like adding more veggies, or committing to running a marathon, it can have major benefits to a person’s life.

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