How social are you?
Next time hubby scolds you about kitty parties, you can guide him to this post.
There’s science backed facts to encourage positive social bonds.
With lives getting busier,families smaller a nurturing social life is even more a priority.
Social relationships are important.
Quantity and quality of your company will affect:
- Mental health
- Health behavior
- Physical health, and
- Mortality risk.
Did you know captors use social isolation to torture prisoners of war?
Social isolation of healthy, well-functioning people can cause psychological & physical breakdown.
Adults who are socially connected are healthier and live longer .
That’s why parents ,relatives and grand parents need us even more when they grow older.
Socially useful relationships make life meaningful .
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Majority of research findings show :
(1) Social relationships have significant effects on health
(2) Social relationships affect health through behavioral, psychosocial, and physiological pathways.
(3) Relationships benefit health
(4) Relationships shape your health .
Humans crave social integration.The quality of the relationship is also important .
It’s important that relationships give positive emotional support.
Poor quality social ties affect health.
It can impair immune functions,poor health and Mortality.
Marriage is the most studied social tie.
Marital relationship, affects cardiovascular disease, chronic conditions.
Berkman and Syme (1979)showed that the risk of death among men and women with the fewest social ties was more than twice as high as the risk for adults with the most social ties.
Social ties decrease mortality risk among adults with documented medical conditions. Brummett and colleagues (2001) found that, among adults with coronary artery disease, the socially isolated had a risk of subsequent cardiac death 2.4 times greater than their more socially connected peers.
Conditions associated with poor social health:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Recurrent myocardial infarction
- Autonomic dysregulation
- High blood pressure
- Cancer and delayed cancer recovery Slower wound healing (Ertel, Glymour, and Berkman 2009; Everson-Rose and Lewis 2005; Robles and Kiecolt-Glaser 2003; Uchino 2006).
Marriage is perhaps the most studied social tie. Recent work shows that marital history over the life course shapes a range of health outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, chronic conditions, mobility limitations, self-rated health, and depressive symptoms (Hughes and Waite 2009;Zhang and Hayward 2006).
How relationships affect health?
Three ways that social ties work to influence health:
- Psychosocial and
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What are positive Health Behaviors?
- Nutritious diet,
- Sticking to medical advice.
- Practicing better mental health
What are negative health behaviours
- Excessive weight gain
- Drug abuse
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Lack of mental stimulation
- Avoiding social interaction
We live with our spouses after being pampered by our parents.So spousal support and understanding goes a long way in giving you positive health.
For children the home environment is their first chance of understanding social integration.
Unhappy marriage and parenthood have been associated with poor health behaviors .
Physical inactivity and weight gain are two negative effects of poor marital quality .
What is important is positive effect of any relationship.
If the effect of these ties are not positive. Then mental health is affected.
Mind and body are two sides of the same coin. They work together and act together. When your mind dreams your body does.
Both are actions.Just in their own way.
So positive health benefits from a relationship needs affects , mind and body .
What exactly does a poor marriage cause?
Compromised immune and endocrine function.
Depression (Kiecolt-Glaser and Newton 2001).
Sociological research shows that marital strain erodes physical health, and that the negative effect of marital strain on health becomes greater with advancing age (Umberson et al. 2006).
Nagasawa and colleagues (1990) found that negative social environments and their perceived barriers predicted poor compliance to medical regimens among diabetes patients.
What’s happening at office and school can also interfere with health.
Social relationships are important for physical , mental and psychological health .
Quality and Quantity of relationships are both important .
Peer pressure,religious clans are examples of potentially negative social effects.
So any social company needs to be evaluated with respect to the positive effect they have.
For Bloggers and Solopreneurs :
This post is especially important for bloggers and solopreneurs.If you are doing anything alone , it’s a strain on your mental health.
“Joy shared is doubled and burden shared is halved”
Join communities like Blogchatter and see how blogging becomes a social movement with tea parties thrown in.
In this busy world if your offline friends don’t get your spirit , find your friends online.
I did .For #Microblog Mondays is easily the most fun twitter chat ever.
You find friends ,learn ,grow and just get support for your dreams.
Sometimes it just takes one more person to believe.
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