Social Wellness Tips to Support Relationships and Healthy Eating For a Strong Immune System ~
Social wellness is about becoming aware of the importance of your role in society as a whole, and especially in your community, and is much more than just keeping up with your social media accounts.
A healthy eating lifestyle also plays a large part in social wellness. When you are eating nutritious meals, your entire body is able to cope with stress in a healthy way, you optimize your immune system and fight off depression by releasing endorphins (the happy hormones) to keep you feeling positive and upbeat. Since endorphins act on the opiate receptors in our brains, they reduce pain and boost pleasure, resulting in a feeling of well-being.
Those who are socially isolated are known to suffer from depression, chronic illnesses and inflammations. On the other hand, staying socially active has the following benefits:
- Deal with stress in a healthy way
- Fewer health problems
- Cholesterol levels improve
- Boosts self-esteem
- Helps release endorphins; ‘feel-good’ hormones
- Increased levels of immunoglobulin; an antibody that boosts immune system while preventing infections
- Develop empathy and compassion
- Develop strong, healthy relationships
Social wellness also includes healthy ways of initiating communication with those around you and creating a support system which you can turn to in times of need. Likewise, they know they can depend on you when they have a problem or just want someone to listen.
It’s about learning how to deal with the various interactions you have with family members, friends and colleagues – all which can range from the tedious and infuriating… to the fun and entertaining. After all, we probably all have someone in our social circle whether it’s family, friends or co-workers, who can test our grit from time to time or give us a roaring belly laugh!
During times of a pandemic and social distancing, we must strive for social wellness to be at our best by… maintaining a strong immune system through healthy eating to increase our happy hormones, staying connected in creative healthy ways with family, friends and co-workers and create a healthy support system for each other.
“What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.”~ Henry David Thoreau