They say one’s social environment could very well affect their health! True or false? Well, our social life can be good for our health and mental well-being. However, it can also affect us negatively. Take this for instance, if you frequently go out drinking, eat unhealthy or take unnecessary risks – your overall health would be much more at stake than that of someone who doesn’t participate in such activities, right?
Contrary to that, if you stay home and not socialize, eliminate alcohol and all unhealthy drinks –what happens to your overall health? Keep reading…
Health experts say the key to remaining healthy is to drink less alcohol, eat less fatty foods and take risks in moderation. If you don’t, your health (mental and physical) will generally start to deteriorate… probably sooner rather than later. That’s not to say you can’t have fun with your friends but how much fun you have determines your health and mental well-being.
So what would be the most common social issues that can affect one’s health? In my view, the following play a significant role:
#1 Love life
A big part of one’s social environment is dating. Almost everyone has the desire to meet that one special person who they can spend the rest of their life with. Due to the ever-growing popularity of social media, it’s easier to meet people than ever before… even if you’re a bit introverted.
With marriages sometimes people can feel pressured to have that ring on their finger by a certain age. Have a family by a certain age. This pressure on its own can negatively impact one’s health.
Dating can also have a major impact, health-wise, in the event of accidents like an unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease. Just remembering all those things our parents warned us about before barking on any type of physical relationship. Yes they were right, it’s not difficult to stay safe!
#2 Social Media
Social media plays a big role in this scenario. For many people, it’s just plain addictive. A lot of people spend most of their time on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc. Studies have shown in the US only, at least 63% of people login to Facebook at least once a day. About 40% of that number of users check their account several times a day. The fact that social media often times glamorizes life makes it harder for some people to “just say no” and be active in moderation.
Studies have also shown that many diehard social media users have wider mood swings and are unhappier than users who don’t participate as frequently. Interesting huh?
#3 Comparison Issues
For some individuals, their social environment leads to comparison issues, which can negatively affect their health. As a mum I know sometimes parents can compare kids – there’s definitely nothing wrong with that but when one is constantly around people who’re talking about theirs/kids’ most recent accomplishments, and bragging a little it can easily lead you to start comparing yourself adding pressure. This can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.
Unfortunately, some people feel pressured into doing things that their friends do, just to remain “part of the crowd.” On the other hand, if you enjoy your friends or doing some of these things they do, you may want to ensure you balance and slow down on those that make you uncomfortable or feel down in the end. It’s never too late to take steps to improve your health. Remember, it won’t make you a social outcast. It’ll make you a healthier person and a more cautious friend. What could be better than that?
Do you agree with any of the above? Does your social environment affect your health in some way? Would love to hear your comments and experiences.