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QUESTION: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO INCREASE SOCIAL CONNECTION DURING COVID-19?
What is social connectedness? Why is it important?
Social connection in psychology is based upon the perception of social support. You can have tons of people around you, but still feel alone. You can also be alone but feel supported and connected to loved ones. It is the feeling of closeness and connectedness to a community. It is rooted in feelings of belonging, love and common values. Humans are innately social creatures. Every person we interact with is forever part of our social network. They are family members, friends, coworkers, teammates, neighbors, and acquaintances. Each has a lasting impact on our physical and mental health.
During this unique time of social distancing, it is imperative that we do not completely disconnect with one another. In fact, it is critical now than ever to “virtually” come together. Ongoing research supports the positive health benefits of social connectedness.
Engaging with your network and partaking in activities are proven to have the following health benefits:
- Longer life.
- Stronger immune system.
- Improved memory and cognitive skills.
- Increased motivation for self-care.
- Lower levels of stress hormones.
By making some small positive actions, you can increase your brain's awareness of social support and feel more connected to others.