Social relationships

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Spending time with other people

When it comes to wellbeing, other people matter.  Good relationships – with our family, friends and the wider community – are important for our wellbeing.

Many of us would like to spend more time with people who are important to us. Sometimes, having a busy life can make this difficult.

But our relationships affect both our physical health and mental wellbeing.

Spending time with people who are important to us can help us feel happier and more secure, and can give us a greater sense of purpose.

There are many ways we can build stronger and closer relationships:

  • Make time each day to spend with the people around you.
  • Arrange a day out with friends you have not seen for a while.
  • Speak to someone new today.
  • Have lunch with a colleague.

Spending time and connecting with people is important, as our relationships affect both our physical health and mental wellbeing.

If you’re not sure where to start, contact your local Wellbeing team for more ideas on wellbeing activities in your local area.

For even more options, the West Sussex County Council website has a searchable database of over 3000 local societies and organisations.

The Silver Line helpline is a dedicated telephone service aimed primarily at tackling loneliness in older people. It is a confidential 24 hour freephone service offering advice, information and friendship. The number is 0800 470 8090.

Be active

Being active doesn’t have to be something you do on your own, there are plenty of team sports and activities available near to where you live and work.

A team sport or activity such as football, tennis, bowls or walking, can help you stay healthy and be part of a team.

Contact your local Wellbeing team for information about activities in your area.

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