Close and meaningful relationships reduce stress and increase your ability to cope and overcome challenges. Those who build support systems and have solid relationships tend to sleep better, live longer, and stay healthier mentally and physically. In contrast, loneliness and social isolation are associated with a higher risk of health problems such as heart disease, depression, stress, and reduced physical and mental health.
Here are some positive wellness habits to help you stay socially connected:
- Take care of yourself. To help manage your stress, exercise, eat healthy, get enough sleep, and pursue self-care activities. Try to make time for yourself each day.
- Make connections. Consider joining a group or club focused on a hobby that interests you. Consider volunteering in your community and leverage resources at your local social service agencies to participate in your community.
- Make social plans. Create opportunities to strengthen your relationships by planning fun outings that you and your friends, colleagues, or relatives will enjoy. Planning activities can help boost your spirit and energy.
- Consider adopting a pet. Animals can be a source of comfort and may help to combat loneliness and social isolation.
- Maintain Connections. Schedule time each day to stay engaged and connected with family, friends, and neighbors. Make the time to meet in person, by video chat, email, social media, voice call, or text.
- Seek help when you need it. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offers readily available tools and resources to support you and your loved ones through the Employee Assistance Program.
For additional information about emotional, psychological, and social well-being, visit the DHS Employee Resources mental well-being webpage.
For more information on employee resources, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.