Next in my Simple Ways to Rejuvenate Yourself is #9 – Socialise. Socialising is much more than just catching up with friends it actually provides health benefits and can help us to live longer.
My husband and I regularly catch up for lunch with another couple and although sometimes we aren’t really in the mood, we feel alive again after enjoying a meal with great company and have a few laughs.
Feeling in a rut or not wanting to go out is unhealthy and we have all been there. It is easy to fall into the ‘can’t be bothered’ syndrome, especially if we are feeling tired or life is too busy.
Sometimes you need to actually make the effort to get dressed and get out of the house. Socialising and enjoying the company of friends and family is a simple but sure way of helping us feel rejuvenated.
I have a weekly catchup with my Saturday Sisters. We run together every Saturday morning and use that time to not only exercise but to chat, laugh, cry, vent or whatever we need to do. We are there for each other and it is surprising how that one hour per week can lift my spirits.
Socialising also stimulates our minds and keeps our brains active. We learn from others, we share experiences and develop friendships. We can share common interests or have discussions with others who have different opinions or ideas.
Being social takes away the emphasis on YOU and your worries or problems.
As we age, we can become lonely if we lose a spouse or we divorce. We may have retired and lost daily contact with others. We sometimes need to start again with building friendships and it can be daunting.
The Benefits of Socialising
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Can delay memory problems as we age – Research from Harvard University showed that in people aged in their 50’s and 60’s who had active social lives and activity experienced slower memory decline was slower than those who rarely socialised.
- Can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease – Results of a study published in Heart Journal showed that:
A recent meta-analysis has shown that loneliness and social isolation are risk fators for corononary heart disease and stroke.
- Feeling needed and connected has a positive effect on our life
- Laughter stops us from concentrating on the negatives in our life
There are many ways to be social – it doesn’t just mean catching up for a coffee.
Visits to museums
Visits to the theatre
Seeing a movie and then discussing over lunch or dinner
What is your favourite way to spend time with family and friends?
Next in the series will be….. #10 – Try something new