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Your Social Wellness Level Is Defined By Your Interactions And Relationships

Maintaining good relationships are easy in theory but usually difficult in reality

Life-wellness involves living a healthy well-balanced life that has harmony, joy, love and peace with nature and everyone around you. Striving to achieve a healthy state of life-wellness is a lifelong, ongoing, dynamic process of making good choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life.

Social wellness is an important and necessary aspect of life-wellness. It helps define a portion of who we are and how we feel towards achieving a full and complete life. Social wellness is closely intertwined with emotional, physical and mental wellness. For example, healthy relationships can have a huge and positive impact on a person’s well-being. Similarly, unhealthy and dysfunctional relationships can lead to chronic illnesses and disorders.

A healthy state of social wellness is having the ability to live in harmony with others while contributing towards the common welfare of the community and environment. It involves learning the social skills to develop a good support system, and deep, meaningful, positive interactions and relationships with others. Having loving, nurturing and supportive relationships as well as other meaningful social interactions can have significant and positive effects on life-wellness. Social wellness involves building and maintaining healthy, intimate, loving and supportive relationships as well as fostering a general connection with everyone around you which includes your family, friends, colleagues, and strangers throughout life.

It is, however, nearly impossible to achieve perfect relationships because humans are flawed with brain-emotional imperfections. Almost perfect relationships yes, but never one hundred percent because no one is perfect. Nevertheless, the benefit of having deep meaningful relationships and a loving, nurturing support system that includes a large network of family members and friends is priceless. We’re better, happier people as a result of our positive relationships with our family and friends. Our relationships have a significant impact on the happiness and fulfillment we feel in our lives. They provide us with a support system to get through life’s challenges, sorrows and obstacles as well as bearing witness to life’s joys and triumphs.

It simply would not be same without them. The choices you make in terms of nurturing, maintaining or neglecting relationships can lead to changes that can contribute to overall wellness or illness.

We should strive towards seeking positive, interdependent relationships with others, and developing healthy behaviors.

Every interaction with another person matters and contributes towards defining if your relationship is healthy or unhealthy.

Not only can relationships affect how well you live but it can also affect long you live. Medical research studies consistently show that a positive social interaction provides both physical and psychological health benefits. The benefits of maintaining positive social involvement is extensive and impressive.

The benefits may:
-- May improve your well being and overall longevity.
-- keeps you healthy.
-- Maintain motor skill retention.
-- Increase daily activates.
-- Lowers the risk of disability.
-- Increases the chance of recovering from injury.
-- Provides relief from stressful life events.
-- May relieve depression.
-- Improve memory retention.
-- Increases cancer survival
-- Improve general immune function.
-- Reserve memory function.
-- Maintain mental alertness.
-- Protects against dementia.
-- Creates a sense of accomplishment.
-- Increases feelings of self-worth.
-- May promote independence.
-- Helps brain s ability to stay sharp and prevent brain aging.
-- Challenges the brain with stimulating activates.
-- Helps maximize and share your life experiences.

Social Isolation
The opposite of social wellness is social isolation. Medical studies show that people who are socially isolated tend to become a strong risk factor for numerous health problems including depression and have been connected with a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.

A healthy relationship:
Is one that promotes individuality, personal growth and brings out the best in both people. It’s about sharing aspects of your life with another person and they in turn share aspects of their life with you. You should both feel comfortable about being yourself around each other and have mutual respect, value and trust for one another.

Is when you feel good being around the other person and feel like both your needs are being met.

With peers involves an equal amount of give and take in the relationship.

May contain some minor disagreements, but doesn’t contain any verbal or physical abuse.

Will feel easy and fun for the most part.

Will make you feel safe around the person and enjoy spending time with them.

As well as positive relationships are nurturing and encourages each person to grow, mature and blossom as you go through life experiences together.

You should actively listen to each other, have empathy and be able to share intimate information and experiences. Building and Nurturing Positive Healthy Relationships Health relationships take time, energy, and care. While it does take some work to build and nurture a relationship, you’ will find that some of the work will be fun and easy while other parts are nearly impossible to establish and/or maintain. By leaing and using certain techniques and reliable tools, you’ll discover how to better relate and interact with others and how to build nurturing relationships. You’ll become more aware of your interactions by setting appropriate boundaries and by identifying and avoiding the pitfalls of unhealthy situations and relationships. Leaing and applying good social skills involves developing and building good communication and listening skills, practicing empathy and compassion and understanding boundaries, limitations and having realistic expectations. Practicing good social skills can lead to more satisfying and meaningful relationships which in to will lead to a healthier, happier life.

The Art Of Communication
An important key factor to every healthy relationship is to maintain open and honest communication lines between the two parties. Conversations should be a two way dialog where both people talk and listen about things that each is interested in and also things they both have in common. Each person in the conversation should feel comfortable that they can communicate with the other person, and that the other person actively listens and supports them.

People generally don’t care what you have to say unless they share the same interest and/or care, respect and value you. Both people should really care and value what the other person has to say. One should never feel that the other person is trying to be nice by putting up with it until it’s their tu to talk.

People usually ask questions when they need to know something or when they’re being nice and are willing to listen to you. Although it’s totally rude and inconsiderate, when a person tends tend to go on and on.

It’s important to observe and to be aware of how the other person is behaving and what they’re talking about.

Be careful with people that don’t talk at all. Some people have a difficult time communicating their feelings with another person while others are quiet to hide their feelings.

Pay attention when two or more people are talking. Watch the dynamics and gestures between them.

It’s wrong for someone to keep talking for long periods of time without giving the other person a chance to talk about their interests and share their thoughts. This is a sign that they self-absorbed and don’t want you to talk. They only want you to listen and ask them questions about the topics they are interested in.

Disagreements will happen in any relationship, but it’s up to you to stay calm and talk about the situation and your thoughts on the matter. Remaining calm helps you to listen and understand the other person’s perspective and how to best handle and working through the situation with them.

One way to improve communication in your relationships is to actively listen to what the other person is saying and then acknowledge their feelings by repeating what they said in your own words. Wait for your tu, then state what is on your mind in a non-accusatory tone and how it makes you feel. You may talk about the person’s behavior, but do not talk about or attack the person. For instance, you know you’ve lost it when you’re attacking the person by calling them names such as stupid or moron. You’re accomplishing nothing by attacking them. You cannot control the other person but you can control yourself.

Boundaries
People tend to bring their emotional baggage everywhere they go and are capable of having abnormal or unhealthy, interpersonal behavior or interaction without waing or notice. Everyone is dysfunctional about certain things. The question is about what, how often and how bad. Therefore, it’s best to treat people gently, as though they can act and react in a way that you wouldn’t expect or anticipate. In addition, watch the person’s boundaries. These are invisible lines that can trigger a strong negative reaction when you say or do something the person doesn’t like. Remember that it’s not what you said or meant to say, it’s how they interpreted what you said that matters. So proceed with caution when talking to someone.

It is important not to cross boundaries especially during times of disagreement. During arguments, you should stay on the topic at hand and not go into personal attacks with one another. It is best to always maintain a level of respect.

Mutual respect is another critical part of any healthy relationship. Therefore it’s important to set appropriate and inform the other of your boundaries, so that your relationship does not become damaged.

It’s also important that you set your own realistic boundaries so that your relationships don’t become unhealthy or abusive in any way.

Respect
In a healthy relationship, people respect each other for who they are.

Almost everyone either consciously and subconsciously associates and applies a value system to a person. Sometimes there are obvious reasons why we value or don’t value a person. While in other cases we’re not even aware that we put a value on a person. Value, in this case is associated with what a person can do for us and/or how they make us feel. Almost anything can cause us to raise or lower a person’s value scale in our mind.

We should not confuse value with respect or trust. We can respect or trust a person but not necessarily value and appreciate what they’re in our life. For instance, we’ll respect and trust a doctor, dentist or a car mechanic to fix our problem but we may not care about them because we believe we can always find another professional to resolve the problem for us. Privilege is invisible to those who enjoy it. Meaning that we often take things we have for granted and only miss them is when we don’t have them anymore. Lea to be aware of the value you place on a person. Appreciate a person for all that are and not for what they can do for you and/or to you.

Trust
Trust is one of the most important parts of any healthy relationship. Without trust, the relationship will be unstable and probably not go very far. Trust between two people should be eaed and not expected. Building trust in a relationship is about being honest, dependable, trustworthy and loyal. Knowing that a person will keep their word and that they’ll follow through, makes them trustworthy in our eyes. Those actions make us feel safe and secure and help build a healthy, strong relationship. There are numerous reasons and situations where we have to give our trust to people. For example, with our parents, and our children’s teachers or caretakers, the person or place fixing our car or a plumbing problem in our home. There are also various types and degrees of trust that we give people. For instance, we may trust that a person will not steal from us or never hurt us in any way. We may trust someone to take care of our children, or not to share our personal and intimate information with anyone else. Unfortunately, the information you share maybe used against you when the other person is angry, vindictive or for political reasons.

Some people, sadly, fall into the category of ” frenemy “. A frenemy is someone who pretends to be a friend, but is really an enemy. A frenemy may be your friend today and enemy tomorrow or the other way around. It’s probably easy find a frenemy in schools and in certain work environments where groups of people are scrambling and positioning themselves for personal political power or gains.

Trust, depending on the person you give it to, can change without notice, so give your trust on an as needed basis. Remember that you have to ea someone’s trust and that it’s an honor and privilege to be a trustworthy person.

Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship
It’s normal to periodically have a disagreement of a misunderstanding in a relationship. The difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship is when the disagreements and misunderstandings become chronic and/or a person looses respect and becomes abusive.

You know you’re in an unhealthy and negative relationship when you constantly regret being with or talking to that person, or they consistently leave you feeling depleted and bad about yourself. They can make you feel sad, angry, scared, or worried.

There is usually an unfair balance and lack of respect, trust and value in this bad relationship. One person is usually a giver and the other a taker. For instance, you may feel that most of the time you are giving the other person more attention than they are giving to you.

Unhealthy relationships can involve a stranger or your family, friend, co-worker, boss or a romantic involvement. Every interaction with another person matters at some level and contributes towards defining if your relationship is healthy or unhealthy. Chronic, repetitive pattes provide clear clues about the state of a relationship.

These types of troubled and dysfunctional relationships can be damaging and have a huge and detrimental effect on other areas of your life-wellness. These negative relationships can even cause increased susceptibility to physiological, emotional, mental and/or physical illness or worsen an existing illness.

For example, relationships that are abusive or full of conflicts can lead to chronic stress and increase the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, digestive problems, obesity, decreased immunity as well as anxiety and depression. These stress-related health risks can cause the emotional, mental or even physical pain that is associated with troubled relationships.

Abusive, dysfunctional relationship can include verbal and emotional abuse, intimidation, control, threats, shifting or denying blame or economic and physical abuse.

Abusive relationships will only get worse and escalate over time. It is not an issue to take lightly, if you or anyone you know is involved in an abusive relationship, please seek the help of a therapist or counselor. It is important to work through and forgive, but no one deserves to be in an unhealthy relationship.

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