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Social Self Care

Module 3: Good mental health means staying connected


Staying connected to each other is one of the most important tools you can use in your Self Care tool box to manage your mental health. That's why Zoom catch-ups, meetings, virtual dinner parties and more have been so popular and important during  Covid-19 isolation. 
 
As we begin to return to the 'new normal' of work life and social connections it is important that we understand how staying connected with each other is vital for managing our mental health and wellbeing. 
 
Humans are hardwired to be connected with each other. Here's how:
 
When you reflect on the most memorable events, experiences, and moments in your life, you'll notice that they have something in common: the presence of another person. The best moments - and most agonising ones - occur at the intersection of two people. Yet we often underestimate the impact of our closest relationships and social connections.
 
Scientists are discovering how relationships shape our expectations, desires and goals. Emotions spread quickly from one person to the next. When you see a friend who is happy, this often causes you to smile, and as a result you feel better. Or if you have a frustrating meeting late in the day, your emotional state is likely to transfer to your spouse when you get home. Because we tend to synchronise our moods with the people around us, our emotions influence one another throughout the day.
 
It's time to re-evaluate how you are staying connected and build meaningful social connections into your daily life. I am not talking about a bigger to do list, it's about meaning and purpose and taking time to ask each other: how are you? Are you really ok?


Click the link below to watch the previous video, Module 2: Career Self Care