In the first of our new ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ blog series, we’re sharing some tips on building relationships and connecting with others.
Building social connections in your life is important for your wellbeing and can increase your feelings of happiness. Evidence shows that feeling close to and valued by other people is key to boosting your wellbeing.
Here are some ideas on how you can connect with others:
If you only have ten minutes:
- Strike up a chat with someone you’ve often wondered about saying ‘hello’ to, for example, a neighbour or your postman/woman.
- Email or message someone to make them laugh – try adding a photo, or favourite quote.
- Call a friend and have a good natter… even a quick chat could lift both of your moods.
If you have an hour:
- Catch-up with someone – a friend, family member or through networks such as Silverline; it could be a video call, a socially-distanced meet-up, or even writing a letter.
- Spend some quality time with others you live with, for example, arrange to eat lunch together, or switch off the TV to talk or play a game.
If you have longer:
- Meetup is an online platform which brings together people with shared interests to meet new friends, learn new things and pursue their hobbies and passions. They are only hosting online events until it is safe to facilitate in-person meet ups again.
- Volunteering can be a great way to meet people and build new relationships. Do It is a great place to start, as you can search by the causes you are passionate about, the skills you have to offer, the skills you would like to gain, and projects that you can do from home.
If you’d like some extra advice and support with getting online or connecting with others in your community, Guinness Care at Home can help. Get in touch with us here.
Our next blog in this series will focus on ways to ‘get active’ – look out for it next month!
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