From the moment you are born, you are always surrounded by people – family, friends and the society you grew up in. At every stage of life you get a new social circle.
You have another set of friends you went to high school with, another set of friends you met in college, and yet another circle of coworkers. These social circles help you develop habits, thought patterns and even basic everyday behaviors.
When your connection to them begins to slip, so does your social health. This can lead to social isolation, which has a number of risks to your physical and mental health.
To help you gain a better understanding of what social health is, let's dive into the details, then we will go through ways to repair and strengthen it.
What exactly is social health?
Social health, also known as social wellness, involves cultivating healthy social relationships in order to maintain personal well-being. Your social health affects your mental and physical well-being and it is more important than most of us realize.
Social health includes cultivating, maintaining and reflecting on your social relationships, as they are your support systems for navigating your life. It includes taking time to meet and interact with family, friends and colleagues.
How has the COVID-1
9 pandemic paralyzed your social health?
The easiest way to maintain social well-being was to meet and interact with people on a daily basis. Wherever you went, you met people — at work or at school, in the neighborhood, or at restaurants.
Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic restricting movement and gatherings, socializing in our circles has not been an option.  Instead, social media and video conferencing platforms have become the place to meet and interact with people. Even if it seems like you are connected to your circuit through messaging software, it is not as effective as the real thing.
This has led to people becoming socially isolated, which can have lasting effects on their mental and physical health.  The Impact of Social Isolation on Your Life
Being socially isolated leads to many mental and physical challenges, although it may seem fun at first. The effects have been compared with the effects of high blood pressure, smoking or obesity.
Socially healthy individuals are also more likely to respond better to stress and cope with life's ups and downs more easily. They have a strong social network that reduces stress and anxiety and allows them to live longer and happier.
Individuals who are socially isolated are prone to mental and physical illnesses such as anxiety, depression and heart disease.