It may seem strange that getting social can be a mental health activity. I know for me, I often need a break from, socializing for my mental health. But this is a different socializing. This is all about you and being with those that lift you up.
Size Doesn’t Matter
Don’t have a big social circle? Don’t worry. It’s not about size. Quality over quantity is the rule here. Being social for mental health means being around people that are positive, fun, uplifting. For some, social interact can be draining. When I am in social situations for long periods of time and having constant interactions, I am usually exhausted.
A simple dinner out with a good friend or two can do wonders for ones mental health. Sometimes you just need to step away from the real world and just be with friends for a bit.
Group Social Activities
Maybe one on one dinners are not your thing. Not much for small talk, but still want to hang out? Try a local painting night or crafting class at a local craft store or DIY store. Hands on activity with a fun outcome and hanging with your friends? Might be just what you need.
Bowling is another great outing for a small group of friends. A little competition, some bowling alley food and you’ve got a fun night. Play one game or three! The choice is yours! not only is it a social outing but a little physical as well.
Want to step a little out of your comfort zone? (Well for most people) Try the new axe throwing places. We recently got one here in town. I haven’t been yet, as I have doubts of my throwing skills. This could be a fun activity for everyone, since most likely no one has been before. You can learn a fun new skill together (hello, zombie apocalypse).
Trade in your significant other for a one on one date night with your bestie. Go head out and see that movie you’ve been dying to see. Grab some ice cream afterwards to talk about your thoughts on the movie. Sometimes our significant others will go see a movie we want, even though they don’t, but it isn’t the same is it? It’s great, don’t get me wrong, but you can’t have the same discussion with them as with someone that actually wanted to see it.
Take the time to have a one one one with just you and the bestie. It’s amazing how good it feels just to spend a few hours with a good friend.
What are some ways you get social for your mental health? Share them below!