During the month of July, St. Andrew's Family Fitness Plus! is recognizing Social Wellness Awareness Month through our campaign, Exercise Your Social Wellness! Being socially well has never been more important, and as our center continues to open up and offer more services, now is a great time to start focusing on your social wellness!
What is social wellness and why is it so important? Simply put, social wellness refers to our relationships with others and ourselves. Being socially well means you cultivate and maintain healthy, nurturing relationships and that you take good care of yourself. This past year it was especially difficult for any of us to maintain a healthy level of social wellness, which is why this Social Wellness month is especially important- we're finally able to celebrate those positive relationships in our lives that we had to go without during months of lockdowns, distancing, and isolation.
As many of us have realized, socializing and being part of relationships make us happier, healthier people. This is even backed up by science, as multiple studies have shown that the health risks of isolation are comparable with smoking, high blood pressure, and obesity. In addition:
People who have positive relationships respond better to stress and are more resilient.