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Social Wellness Month

July is Social Wellness Month. Social wellness means taking care of yourself and your relationships. Relationships can be as “big” as your family/friends or “small” as the cashier at the grocery store. Social wellness means giving and receiving support when it’s needed. It can strengthen your quality of life and act as a buffer to negative life events. Forms social support can take include:

  • Emotional: actions that make someone else feel cared for
  • Instrumental: physical support, like money or housekeeping
  • Informational: providing information to help someone
  • Appraisal: information given to you that helps with your self-evaluation. Think – that color is great on you.

Source: Kadalyst (Social Wellness: Overall Health – YouTube)

Benefits of Social Wellness

Having a positive support system can help:

  • Improve the immune system’s ability to fight off infectious diseases.
  • Contribute to a healthy heart.
  • Provide healthier blood pressure.
  • Improve cardiovascular functioning.
  • Provide a healthier endocrine system. (Endocrine systems regulates and releases hormones and makes hormones for mood, development, and growth.)
  • Help people live longer and have a better emotional resilience.

A strong social system can also help prevent loneliness. Loneliness is associated with higher rates of:

  • Depression, anxiety, and suicide
    • Mental health is one reason why some choose to start using tobacco products or pick up their tobacco product of choice if they are already using.
  • Heart disease, heart failure, and stroke
  • Dementia
  • Premature death

Source: CDC’s Tips from a Former Smoker, Rebecca (Rebecca M.’s Story | Real Stories | Tips From Former Smokers | CDC)

Taking Care of Your Social Wellness

  • Practice self-care: get enough sleep, drink water, know your limits – whatever that means (I see you introverts! But it could mean that you’re not hiking a mountain with some acquaintances because you’re afraid of heights.)
  • Exercise: start a neighborhood walk group, join a sports club, etc. Whatever it is, do what you enjoy doing.
  • Volunteer: you get to help local organizations while meeting people with similar interests and passions.
  • Take a Class: you might connect with someone cool who also has at least one similar interest.
  • Ask For Help: don’t hesitate to ask for help moving furniture, running errands, or anything else you need help with.
  • Join a Support or Networking Group: whether you need support for your mental health or want to join a hiking group, there’s probably a group out there to help with that. If there’s not one in your area, consider starting one.
  • Call a Friend and Catch Up: life gets busy. Don’t forget to check-in with people. It could be a quick “hey, I saw this and thought of you” type message.


  1. July is Social Wellness Month | Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing (
  2. July is Social Wellness Month | SilverCloud Health
  3. Why is Social Wellness important? – KPG Provider Services
  4. Why is Social Health Important for Our Overall Wellness? |

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