Not only is social interaction good for your health, but it can also extend your life, according to some researchers. Social interaction with friends and loved ones is healthy, as it is often your family who look after you when you’re ill and you friends you go to when you want to go somewhere for the day/evening. Without this kind of social interaction, it’s easy to feel detached and distanced from the rest of the world. Not only this, but those with a strong friends/family group often have higher self-esteem and more confidence, as a result of being happier within themselves.
However, not everyone has this type of support network, and for those who don’t, it’s not uncommon for them to suffer from social interaction anxiety. This type of anxiety stops people from interacting with the outside world, holding them back and stopping them from having a good time. Since this is an anxiety disorder, it is not possible to simply overcome it, and instead it requires help from professional individuals in order to be able to do. Quite often this involves talking to someone about the times when your social anxiety has stopped you from doing something, or has caused unpleasantness in your life. This is the first step on the road to recovery.
If you feel you need to improve your social interaction skills, with your health boosted as a result, then follow these tips:
- Say hello to someone- it’s not nice for anyone to feel unwelcome or unappreciated, so to make both yourself and someone else feel at home, all that is required is a quick ‘hello’ or a firm handshake.
- Ask for advice when you need it- being too scared or proud to ask for help in life is a big problem. Asking for help and advice not only gives you the information you need to know, but it also gives you self-satisfaction that you’ve seeked the answer you needed, by yourself.
- Volunteer your time- rather than sitting back and watching others perform, get out there and offer help yourself. Volunteering your time and skills shows others you are supporting them, and also boosts the chances of them helping you, should you need help in the future.
- Have a conversation with someone- engaging in conversation gets rid of the natural curiosity people have about each other, whilst also giving you someone to talk to.