History, as far back as we can go, shows we as species, have travelled, hunted and thrived in social groups.
This has been a vital part of our survival. The prominent humanistic theorist, Abraham Maslow stressed social connection is one of our fundamental human needs.
Social connections provide us with an important part of our identity, learning and developing new skills that help us live our lives. Social connection and groups provide a variety of positive benefits:
- Research shows social connection improves physical and psychological wellbeing.
- People who feel connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression.
- Connected people have a higher self-esteem, are more empathic to others, more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, are more open to trusting and cooperating with them
- Social connectedness generates a positive loop of social, emotional and physical wellbeing.
- Feeling socially connected, in an increasingly isolated world, is important.
Below are some ways of developing social connections:
- Prioritising and scheduling time to catch up with family, friends and neighbours who are important to you.
- Joining a club, class or social group to meet new people, focusing on relationship and activities you enjoy.
- Developing an interest or hobby can facilitate social connections.
- Engaging with local community groups, churches or volunteer organisations, as they may be able to assist in facilitating connections.
- Helping others, formally or informally through volunteering opportunities.
- Using digital connections such as telephone, email or social media, are an alternative way of staying connected.
Caring people are at a significantly higher risk of experiencing social disconnection / isolation than the general population, due to the demands and challenges of the caring role.
Carers Queensland’s Brisbane North office provide a number of activities to assist carers to maintain social connectedness:
- Carer Support Groups – an empathetic space were carers can discuss carer issues in confidence, learn from guest speakers and develop connections with other carers.
- Carer BBQs and events – opportunity to meet and talk to carers and our staff.
- Carer education and information sessions.
- Supporting and linking carers to community.
Want more information?
Connecting with us is easy, call on 1800 242 636, email email@example.com, or visit our Contact Us page.
If you are looking for something more local, check out our Regional Offices and Support Groups.