Social Emotional Wellness
Newsletter Volume 7
The research is clear: humans are literally "hard-wired" with the desire and need to connect. We are social beings who thrive on healthy relationships.
COVID has certainly caused a disruption to our relationships. We have sheltered at home, we have rethought gatherings and have had to find other ways to reach each other. Schools have shifted to accommodate teaching and learning in new ways while maintaining relationships with students and families. Support for each other has rarely been this important. During this time, we need to be intentional about checking in with each other in order to create and maintain a sense of normalcy and vital connection.
Social relationships foster mental health in several ways: Relationships help provide people with purpose and meaning.
Studies show that children with healthy relationships:
- Heal more quickly.
- Have lower blood pressure.
- Are less likely to experience a depression.
- Are less anxious.
Relationships enable us to not only cope with stress or adversity, but also to learn, grow, explore, achieve goals, cultivate new talents and find purpose and meaning in life.
Social support can be a great way to reduce stress but it may take some effort on your part. Connecting with heathy supports means we have to be creative and sometimes go outside of our comfort zone.
Join groups or activities that you enjoy (even online); it’s often easier to find like-minded people when you share a common interest.
Keep in touch with your healthy supports. Don’t leave the burden of maintaining the relationship solely on them.
Communicate effectively: Take turns listening and talking, make sure to ask questions, not just talk about yourself.
Solve problems in a kind way.
Ask directly for what you want or need, don’t expect the other person to read your mind.
Let go of unhealthy connections.
THINK ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TO IMPROVE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS IN OUR LIVES
While stress can lead to conflict and negative emotions, when you practice mindfulness, you will experience compassion and acceptance in the moment, which will improve outcomes for healthy relationships.
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While there are many different kinds of relationships, they all play an important role in our lives. Taking the time and effort to build relationships will be some of the best work we do. These social interactions help our mental health and our overall health, including the brain. They can promote a sense of safety, belonging and security. It gives you someone to rely on and confide in and vice versa. These bonds give meaning and joy to our life. Through our current challenges, we can sustain and deepen our relationships. In fact, we need to.