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Social Wellness: What is It and Why is it Important?

Social Wellness: What is It and Why is it Important?

June 14, 2022

Social wellness refers to the relationships you have and how you interact with others. It involves building and maintaining positive, supportive relationships and fostering meaningful connections.

If you prioritize becoming socially well, you will enjoy less stress, a more robust immune system, and a healthy heart and endocrine system. How social wellness relates to financial planning, and what can you do to improve it?


Social Wellness and Financial Planning

Time after time, studies prove that people with supportive, healthy relationships live longer than those who lack them. Therefore, if you are socially well, it makes sense to plan for a longer life financially. This possibility means you may need to save more for retirement to help ensure you do not run out of savings. 


If you are behind on saving for retirement or have not saved as much as planned, it is time to change your budget and lifestyle to increase your 401(k), Roth IRA, or other retirement account contributions. Your financial professional can help you design a retirement savings plan that aligns with your values and anticipated lifespan. 


How to Improve Social Wellness

There are many ways you can improve your social wellness, including:


Connect with Others- Look for ways to become involved with others. Joining a fitness center, starting a book club, or participating in community events is one way to make connections. Developing solid relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and others provides ongoing social connectivity and wellness.


Practice Self Care

While you care for others in your life, do not forget to care for yourself. Engage in regular physical activity, eat healthy, keep stress levels to a minimum, and participate in hobbies you enjoy. You will find it is easier to support others when you are in a good place both physically and emotionally. 


Show Appreciation

Let the important people in your life know just how much they mean to you by texting messages, sending cards with meaningful messages, small gifts, and other friendly gestures to help strengthen your relationships. You do not need to spend money to show appreciation and gratitude; tell them how much they mean to you.


End Toxic Relationships

If you are in a relationship that causes stress or takes all your mental or physical energy, it may be unhealthy for you. Permit yourself to end the relationship so you can focus on relationships with those who bring you happiness and comfort instead.


Consult Your Financial Professional

Your financial professional can help you prepare and save for your future goals and long retirement. Reach out to them today to get started.


Important Disclosures:

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which investment(s) may be appropriate for you, consult your financial professional prior to investing. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. All indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly.

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