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July is Social Wellness Month, described as nurturing yourself and cultivating healthy relationships among family, friends, and co-workers. Did you know that 43% of Americans say they are more anxious than they were a year ago? Healthy connections will help. Remember, if you're in crisis, contact the 988 Lifeline immediately.

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Social Wellness--What Does It Mean?

According to the 2024 Healthy Minds Monthly Poll from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 30 percent of Americans aged 18-34 report they were lonely every day or several times a week. "Just like physical, psychological, and emotional health, social wellness plays a major role in your overall wellbeing," the APA poll states. "To be socially well means to nurture yourself and cultivate healthy relationships among family, friends, and co-workers. It also means giving and receiving social support so that when you are walking through a challenging time in your life, or even during a crisis, you have a strong support network."

According the the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, there are three types of social support:

  • Emotional (sometimes called non-tangible) support refers to the actions people take to make someone else feel cared for.
  • Instrumental support refers to the physical, such as money and housekeeping.
  • Informational support means providing information to help someone.

The Bakken Center also reports that social wellness is important because "healthy relationships are a vital component of health. The health risks from being alone or isolated in one's life are comparable to those associated with cigarette smoking, blood pressure, and obesity."

Impact Communities offers a wide range of activities and programs for children and adults to help with all types of wellness. For more information, contact Wendy Luo, Health & Wellness Project Manager, wluo@impactcommunities.org.

 

 

 

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University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing

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