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The Importance Of Social Interaction For Older People

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As we get older it can be quite common for individuals to drop out of social circles. This can be due to a number of reasons, such as a bout of ill health, family relocation or life long friends parting.

However, it’s important to maintain a social life for both your physical and mental health.

But if you’ve been out of a social circle for a while it can be quite a distressing and frightening thought.

In the following we’ll suggest some things you can do to build your confidence and grow your social life.

How to build confidence in social situations

If you haven’t been out socialising in a while you may have forgotten what makes you so great and why people love you.

Whilst a general sense of self confidence is important in everyday life having that extra boost will pay dividends when socialising with a new or old group of friends.

If you’re lacking confidence and having these thoughts try sitting down and writing a list of all the things that make you a good person.

If you struggle with this, don’t feel scared to reach out to a family member or friend. They’ll be sure to reel off a long list of all the reasons you’re great and should have confidence in yourself.

The importance and benefits of socialising for your mental health

Getting out and socialising is very beneficial for both your physical and mental health.

Loneliness can be a real issue for older individuals, so getting out and meeting new people is a great way to counteract this feeling.

Over time the more you socialise with people who love you, the better you’ll feel. You’ll be more confident and less anxious about going out or conducting daily tasks.

Humans are social animals by nature so try your best to get out there. It may be scary at first but your future self will thank you!

How older people can start socialising again

If you’re considering socialising but don’t know where to start, hopefully we can help you!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious about going out and socialising with people in person, you might want to start online.

The internet is great for connecting with people and without that immediacy of two way communication or the anxiety of meeting face-to-face it can really help.

There are many online groups on social media and forums where you can chat and discuss the things you are most passionate about.

This will help build your confidence to get out there in person.

You may also want to start off with simply making more small talk. Whether that’s to family members or people sharing a shopping queue, simply talking will help and make the next time much easier.

You could then look to join some clubs or organisations in your local area.

Perhaps you could find a local book club or walking group.

Participating in these clubs will soon make you a much more social human and start building strong relationships, which will help you throughout life.

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