Social wellness involves the ability to genuinely connect with others, develop meaningful friendships, and maintain healthy relationships. It entails the development of healthy communication and conflict resolution skills, and healthy boundaries. There are several benefits associated with social wellness including a reduction in stress, anxiety and depression, decreased risk of disease, increased empathy, a sense of belonging, and improved self-esteem. Healthy relationships consist of safety, honesty, trust, acceptance, respect, and enjoyment.
What does the Bible say about Social Wellness?
The idea of social and relational health began all the way back in Genesis. We find the Lord saying, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (2:18). Community is important. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” And, Galatians 6:2 calls us to “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” God created us to be in community with one another. He knew that we would need each other, and together he will use us to fulfill his promises.
5 Tips for Social Wellness
You might be wondering, what things can I do to improve my social wellness?
1. Be open to trying new things.
2. Volunteer in the community.
3. Participate in outdoor activities, sports, clubs, classes or community events to meet new people.
4. Be curious about yourself in social situations and explore your social needs. What do you enjoy doing? What types of people are you surrounding yourself with?
5. Develop Healthy Boundaries.
Take time to think about your own social and relational health today. Think about what changes you might be able to make to improve your social wellness.