Catching-up with friends, chatting with neighbours or just helping out with the footy team can be great fun, but did you know spending time with other people can help improve your health?
Socialising with friends and family or getting involved has benefits for both your body and your mind – and could help you to live a longer and healthier life. Not only that, but being social and supportive to others mean they benefit too!
Good for the body
Having an active social life and being connected not only makes you happier but can also improve your long-term health – just like not smoking or having a healthy diet.
The quality of relationships is important too – strong and supportive relationships can help to:
- Reduce your stress levels
- Keep your heart healthy by reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems
- Encourage your friends and family to look out for each other and give you a little motivation to take better care of yourself
Good for the mind
It’s not only your body that benefits, your mind and mental wellbeing gets a boost too. Connecting with others may help to keep you more mentally engaged, may help preserve brain health and may delay memory loss as we get older.
Being socially active can help put meaning or purpose back into your life. Importantly, our mental and physical health are interconnected, so when we get feelings of happiness and well-being from being connected and active in the community our overall health benefits too.
Need some ideas on how to stay socially active and stimulate your body and mind?
- Become a volunteer in one of your local community groups – try helping at a favourite charity or local sporting team or even at the library
- Start playing cards with friends, join a golf club or other social group
- Go walking with friends or join them at the pool or gym
- Meet up regularly with friends or family for tea or coffee
- Sign up for a class or try something you have always wanted to do
Whatever activity you decide to do or get involved in, remember to make it something you enjoy so that you will be sure to do it regularly!
So, when you’ve been given a second chance, get up, get out and get connected – it can make a difference to your life and the life of those around you.