Social connection is important for sustaining our sense of feeling cared for, supported, and listened to. The relationships that we have with our family, friends, and co-workers contribute to our wellbeing – physically, emotionally, and mentally. Interacting with others can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. When we feel socially connected, we may respond with more care and understanding for others and receive the same care and understanding in return, which supports our wellbeing. We may even feel better about ourselves overall. Not only can your self-esteem improve, connected to others can positively influence how you respond when your emotions have been triggered.
In addition to the worry and fear that accompany COVID-19, there is significant stress associated with social distancing and isolation. Positive interactions from our supportive relationships improve our mood and reduce the negative impacts of stress and anxiety. Without being able to engage in our regular social activities and events, we are at an increased risk of mental health issues.
This is why it is important to spend time building and maintaining strong social relationships with your friends, family, co-workers, residents, and clients despite the pandemic.