July is Social Wellness Month, and it reminds us that healthy relationships are a vital component of our physical and mental well-being.

“Social wellness involves building healthy, nurturing and supportive relationships as well as fostering a genuine connection with those around you,” according to the University of California, Davis.

Some of the benefits of being social include:

  • Reduced stress levels
  • A healthier immune system
  • Increased self esteem and morale
  • Decreased anxiety and depression

Some ideas to maintain an optimal level of social wellness and decrease loneliness include:

  • Appreciating your co-workers, friends and family
  • Reaching out to someone, you have not connected for in a long time
  • Taking a break from work to meet your friends
  • Volunteering your time as giving back helps your emotional wellbeing also
  • Enjoying a hobby and inviting others
  • Taking a walk outdoors and moving your body with others

Prioritizing your overall wellbeing is a necessity, not a luxury and we need to remind ourselves that we are important and deserve the self compassion we are constantly giving to others.