Connect to Thrive – The Benefits of Social Connection

Did you know that those who feel they have strong connections to others are less likely to experience anxiety and depression and more likely to have high self-esteem? We are social creatures by nature, which means feeling connected with others is important for our survival. When you have stable relationships you feel supported by, you are more likely to make healthy choices, which means you are more likely to have better health outcomes, mentally AND physically. Having strong relationships creates a positive feedback loop of mental and physical well-being.

How can I grow my sense of connection?

  • Reach out! Reach out to loved ones who you can build more connections with. This can be a family member, friend, neighbor, coworker, or anyone you feel you can foster a strong relationship with. Reaching out to someone can also help them increase their sense of connection and improve their mental and physical health.
  • Add connection to your routine. Make it a priority to spend time with people you care about. Plan family dinners, host game nights with your friends, attend community events, or go for a stroll with a neighbor. Planning time to connect with others will make sure this need is met.
  • Build a community. It is important to have more than one person to turn to for support – different people can meet different needs. Whether you need someone for emotional support when you are feeling down or physical support when you need help moving, having a community of people that makes you feel connected is important for your mental health.


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