Maintaining a healthy and balanced social life can have an extremely positive effect on your mental health.
By being socially active and spending time with people, you may stop yourself becoming isolated and lonely when feeling day-to-day pressures.
Social contact is often a neglected area if our mood is lower or we are feeling stressed. When we are stressed or feeling low, we can often avoid seeing people However, they can play an important part in maintaining mental wellbeing.
If you have a job it helps to build up or maintain good, strong relationships with the people you work with; as working relationships can provide a lot of support and understanding. Many people also find that they become long-term friends with work colleagues.
Family can be a source of support. If possible, it is a good idea to keep up-to-date with family affairs to ‘stay in the loop’ and to maintain relationships as best you can. Half an hour on the phone a week to a loved family member can improve the feeling of belonging.
Learn something new
When we learn something new we can get enthusiastic about it. This can help develop our skills and confidence and provide a basis for friendships with people who share your hobby. Your new skills may also provide a variety of activities in the form of workshops, courses and creative groups.
Friendships with people who hold similar interests or who have had similar experiences can help with communal support. It is worth joining a local support group, or attending some evening classes or hobby groups to meet people.
Community Centres are fabulous resources in your local area. There are many activities/courses from IT, fitness and dance, arts & crafts even learning a new language.
To find more about the specific centres themselves visit the links below and contact your local centre to find out what’s on offer: