For example, working overtime can help you feel a sense of accomplishment, but working overtime can also cause you to neglect the people you love. You may also do the opposite and neglect your role at the workplace, leading to stressful days and impaired relationships with colleagues – causing your mental health to be affected – which, in turn, has ill effects on your physical health.
If you have found yourself in one or the other position, you are not alone. With the busy, fast-paced lifestyle of the 21st century, it can seem difficult to find a balance. But it’s not impossible, as you will see below.
How to improve your social well-being
Spend time with your loved ones
Call up your family members, even if it’s just for a short chat, or make a plan to hang out (virtually, until we can do it in person again). Thanks to the boom of digital communication technologies like Zoom, you don’t need to wait until you can travel far to meet your loved ones again. Finding the time to connect with them is significantly easier now that we do have the option of doing it online – and it does help, even if it doesn’t feel like the exact same thing.
Expressing gratitude, not just to the people you love but also for situations and your present context. You can also maintain a gratitude journal to count your blessings (To help you get started, here is our free, 5-day gratitude journal, filled with prompts to help you realize the potential of gratitude!)
Practice acts of kindness
See a stranger whose hairstyle you love? Tell them! Compliment someone’s smile. Or help an elderly person cross the road (of course, during the pandemic be sure to disinfect before and after).
Donate to a cause
Donate some amount of your income each month – it doesn’t even have to be a significant amount. Did you know in some countries, it costs approximately $1 to feed a child for an entire day?
You can volunteer in many ways. You could put your professional skills to use to help out a cause, for instance, using copywriting skills to write great social media posts for an animal shelter; or you can volunteer as a caretaker for the elderly at some old-age homes. There are a lot of causes that invite volunteers to help out with a wide range of activities and services, participating in which can help you develop your sense of compassion.
You can read about these in more detail in our free ebook here, which equips you with the basics of your overall well-being, including your physical and mental health.
Your well-being matters, and as part of society, you matter. We hope you found this blog an informative and useful way to focus on enhancing your well-being. If you’ve read all the way to the end of this article, we would also like to invite you to be a part of our own exclusive wellyou community, where we share tips, encouragement, and all things well-being. You are a valuable member of the community and are welcome to share your own thoughts and photos of things you do to feel well!
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