How much does social interaction affect our health? This is a question people have asked for years, which is why there have been so many studies that focus on this very topic. Not surprisingly, it’s been found that an active social life is crucial to our overall health and well-being, particularly as we get older. To help keep residents in our Broomfield retirement communities informed, The Avenues Crofton Park Apartments has a list of the top reasons why a social life is crucial to a healthy lifestyle.
Lowers Stress Levels
It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine and being able to interact and laugh with other people has been shown to decrease stress levels. Stress not only makes us feel miserable; it also causes a long list of health problems such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular health, and physical aches and pains. Staying social and keeping stress at a manageable level is a great way to improve overall health.
Encourages Healthy Habits
There’s strength in numbers for a reason! It’s been shown that people are more likely to try new activities when they have someone doing it right alongside them. This makes a friend a great resource when it comes to trying new things, such as exercising, eating well, and developing interesting hobbies.
Helps Emotional Well-Being
Humans are very social creatures and we’re designed to make connections and interact with other people. These relationships help with our emotional well-being, which is directly connected to our physical health. When someone is cut off from their social circle, it can lead to lowered emotional health, which then raises the risk of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Everyone can feel lonely at times, but prolonged loneliness can lead to feelings of isolation, physical disease, and mental health issues. These are all serious conditions but fortunately there is a good prevention method: being social! A good social environment and calendar of fun events does wonders in keeping loneliness at bay and helping people feel healthy and fulfilled.
Getting older shouldn’t mean that a social life disappears; if anything, it should get stronger! Resources at The Avenues Crofton Park Apartments are available to help facilitate social connections and keep those in Broomfield retirement communities active, social, and healthy.