Relational Wellness

What is relational wellness?

How we connect with others is fundamental to our sense of health and wellbeing. Relational (or ‘social’) wellness alludes to the strength and supporting nature of the relationships and connections we forge across our lives – whether it be with family, friends, partners, colleagues, or the wider community.

“Achieving relational wellness requires the building of healthy, nurturing, and supportive relationships as well as cultivating a genuine connection with those around you.”

Why is physical wellness important to overall wellbeing?

Giving appropriate focus to your physical wellbeing and making positive lifestyle choices can help to prevent chronic diseases, such as obesity and cardiovascular disease, that can seriously affect long-term health. Dedicating some time each week to maintaining a good level of physical activity can also help to reduce high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, heart disease, and weakened bones and muscles.

Why is physical wellness important to overall wellbeing?

Below are some questions to think about when assessing your physical wellness.

Exercise

Are you taking part in regular physical activity and or regular exercise?

Planning

Do you have a physical schedule that supports general good health?

Health Check

Have you had a physical examination in the last two years?

Sleep

Are you getting enough quality sleep? If not, what’s stopping you?

How can you achieve relational wellness?

Here are 5 top tips to help kickstart your journey into boosting your emotional wellbeing:

Meet new people

through online social networks, community events, or volunteering for a cause you feel passionate about.

Reflect on your social and relational needs.

What aspects of your social life do you enjoy? What parts would you like to improve?

Work on developing your social intelligence.

In conversations show curiosity without being intrusive, listen attentively without interrupting, and tune into people’s needs to ascertain what might benefit them from your interaction.

Set a recurring time weekly to reach out to friends and family

who don’t live close by. Connect with someone new each week to keep those relationships strong.

Revisit the idea of pen pals.

Connecting with loved ones through handwritten communication is so special in this digital age and can strengthen bonds.

Please note

It should be noted that the path to wellness is not one size fits all, but the common thread for everyone is that wellness requires a holistic approach. The eight pillars are not prescriptive but should help form the basis of a personalised journey.

While there are many ways for you to take charge of your relational wellness, the help, guidance, and experience of a wellness professional can give you the boost you need, when you need it most.

If you would like to develop your relational wellness but don’t know where to start, please use the Wellness Wide directory here to find a professional today.

[1] Ask the Scientists. The 8 Pillars of Holistic Health and Wellness. Available at https://askthescientists.com/pillars-of-wellness/. [Last accessed 22.06.2021].

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