WAY TO WELLNESS #41
Wide-ranging research suggests that strong social ties are linked to a longer life. In contrast, loneliness and social isolation are linked to poorer health, depression, and increased risk of early death.
Studies have found that having a variety of social relationships may help reduce stress and heart-related risks. Such connections might improve your ability to fight off germs or give you a more positive outlook on life.
Physical contact can also trigger release of hormones and brain chemicals that not only make us feel great but also have other biological benefits.
We are living in unique times and we can’t just get together the way we are used to with all of these physical distancing guidelines to consider, but it pays to make relationships a priority. Make regularly occurring get-togethers a habit and use the time to strengthen your existing relationships. It doesn’t have to be a big deal thing, it can simply mean having a standing Saturday date for coffee on the porch with your bestie. You could even create a recurring group get-together in a safe way. It doesn’t matter what you do so long as you involve others.