Social self-care is a vital aspect of our overall well being that often goes overlooked. While we often focus on physical health and emotional wellness, the importance of social connection cannot be overstated. Social self-care involves nurturing and fostering relationships with those around us in order to cultivate a sense of belonging and support.

In today’s fast-paced world, many people struggle to maintain meaningful connections with others. Social media has made it easier than ever to stay connected, but these virtual interactions can never replace real-life interactions. Human beings have an innate need for social interaction and communication, which is why it is so important to prioritise social self-care as part of our daily routines.

Fortunately, there are many ways to practise social self-care.

Setting up a regular phone call with someone close like your parents or a long distance friend
Have a games night with your friends.
Taking your significant other on a date
Cuddling with a family pet
Spending time with a friend with no interruptions
Creating an active online or offline community
Become a volunteer e.g.
Join a group/club based on your interests e.g. walking, crochet, photography, book club etc.
Schedule lunch breaks with your co-worker

While social self-care frequently entails spending time with others, it can also imply the reverse. Consider which connections in your life are no longer benefiting you. If you find it exhausting to be around someone (a friend or family member), it may be time to part ways. Relationships should raise and complete you rather than depress and exhaust you.