The relationships we nurture in our lives are essential to our social wellbeing and the feeling that we belong. Read more.
It is worthwhile for us to explore the types of relationships we have: family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues, even a pet or any other significant person in our lives.
Exploring the quantity and quality of relationships in our lives can lead to positive changes that will impact on our happiness and health.We have many different types of relationships in our lives, our close relationships can bring us comfort and relief from stress and responsibility, all of which help us feel happy and healthier.
Research tells us social relationships can be central to happiness and wellbeing. People in our lives are important to our happiness, so it makes sense to ask ourselves how relationships affect our lives day by day. Read less.
Our wellbeing and self-esteem is strongly influenced by the role and relations we have in our families. The stronger our support network and unconditional acceptance of who we are, the better we feel about ourselves in the outside world.
Having a safe place which is a sanctuary for us, where we can have our own possessions and feel comfortable, is fundamental to wellbeing.
Being with others, being included in plans and creating good memories, helps to build our self-esteem and gives us experiences we can look forward to.
Feeling that we have good neighbours, can easily move around our local area where people will look out for you, helps build our networks and social connections.
There are always times in life when we need to call on our close friends to help us, and when we are needed by them. Friends are sometimes like family for some people.
Conflict happens in every relationship from time to time. Being able to resolve difficulties quickly, see the other person’s point of view and agree a way forward is necessary to maintain and deepen our relationships.
It is important for all us to feel our lives have meaning and purpose. Read more.
This happens when we feel valued and respected and when we have access to opportunities that we enjoy that give us satisfaction and a sense of achievement. Read less.
Whether we are morning persons or not, we all have one thing in common:to get the best from our day. More time reserved for our goals means that we have the chance to do more stuff. This translates in a greater feeling of fulfilment and happiness.
The brain is like a muscle and just like other muscles, you have to exercise the brain by learning new things. You experience a rush of dopamine, which motivates you to follow through with the new thing. You get another rush of dopamine when you finish the activity. Learning new things stimulates happiness chemicals brain. Learning is fundamentally positive for your social wellbeing.
Routine helps reduce stress, a set schedule for doing chores, work tasks, meetings, exercise, paying bills, and all the usual things you need to do is good for maintaining your social wellbeing. Routine helps you feel in control of your environment, safe, secure, and comfortable.
Hobbies and interests play an important role in alleviating stress, they provide us with an outlet for creativity, distraction, and something to look forward to. They bring a sense of fun and freedom to life that can help to maximise our social wellbeing.
It’s healthy to make positive contributions to our families and our community. Providing what we can to our family and our community helps those around us feel protected, shows that you care and are there to support others. By doing so we feel better about ourselves and help maintain positive social wellbeing.
It is really important that we all feel able to keep safe and well. Feeling safe and well means we are able to keep ourselves and those we care for healthy, secure and protected. Read more.
It also means that we feel safe in our own home and community and are safe from harm, abuse and exploitation. Read less.
Having physically energy leads to having emotionally energy too. If you're eating the right food and as active as you can, your body will be strong and help you to cope with stress and also fight illness.
If we fail to protect those we care for we are leaving them vulnerable to risk, it is important that we seek support to keep those we care for safe from risk and or harm.
We all have the right to feel safe and ease in our home. Feeling safe helps us in our relationships and also enables us to explore, and to try new things. Feeling safe makes learning possible, we are fee to explore and can make and maintain healthy relationships.
Feeling safe and part of our community contributes to positive social wellbeing. It is good for us to connect with other people out and about, having friends who live nearby, and access to useful facilities and positive relationships with our community and neighbours.
There's a close relationship between sleep and social wellbeing. Living with a problem can affect how well you sleep, and poor sleep can have a negative impact on many parts of life. We struggle to manage daily living if we don’t get enough sleep or sleep too much. Ensuring we talk about and seek for support for our worries is extremely important.
Having family and friends as support, especially in difficult times helps us manage our lives. Having a strong network of support helps enhance our social wellbeing. Having people around us to share our happy and difficult times makes life much easier.
Being in control of our lives and making important choices is central to our social wellbeing. Read more.
Sometimes we might need people to support us to make decisions or have access to services that support our independence. Being as independent as possible can help us achieve fulfilment in our lives. Read less.
Each of us has the right to make decisions and have choices about how we live our lives. Each of us hold different ideas about what is important and what makes us feel best. Making our own choices about the things we do is very important because it gives our lives meaning.
Money allows us to meet our basic needs, to buy food and shelter and pay for things we need or like. Meeting these needs is essential, and if we don’t have enough money to do so, our social wellbeing can be impacted negatively. Our personal possessions can contribute to our sense of self and we should have full control and access to these to help us feel happy.
Taking ownership and responsibility of our actions is an important part of healthy relationships. Doing so is an empowering reminder that we have control over the role we play in our relationships and our community.
Freedom is important because it allows us to be ourselves, and to work together while maintaining independence. Freedom is important to our social wellbeing – when we are in control of who we see and where we go, we feel better.
Having a support system has many positive benefits, such as higher levels of social wellbeing, better coping skills and a longer and healthier life. Social support can reduce depression and anxiety. The goal of social support is to reduce stress and promote independence.
Choosing how we spend our time is important so we can prioritise our daily tasks and achieve the daily goals that we set ourselves. When we control how we spend our time we promoting our choice and independence.