Strong social connections
People with social connections are generally healthier and happier. Why? Well, according to Mayo Clinic, “Adults with strong social support have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including depression, high blood pressure and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI).”
In addition, strong social connections, a rich social life and quality relationships have been found to increase the longevity of older adults by 50 percent. Compared to their more solitary peers, retirees with more social interactions have a lower risk of developing dementia and anxiety, according to one Gallup poll.
Takeaway: Connect with others, either through your hobbies and interests or through other means. Staying connected and having a strong social network is extremely important to one’s satisfaction and happiness, especially during these difficult and challenging times when you need to follow strict social distancing rules. Luckily, with the help of technology, you can keep in touch with just about anyone, everywhere, via texts, emails, Zoom or Facetime. You can even watch TV with your friends or family members by using Netflix Party.
For more interesting ideas, check out 13 Creative Ways Seniors Can Stay Connected While Social Distancing.