Updated: Feb 11
We all have days when we feel physically or emotionally unwell. Everyday life can contribute to this and it can impact our overall health. We are told eating a healthy balanced diet and exercise is looking after our health. Dr. Google also says our overall health depends on genetics, the environment we live and work, our emotional and spiritual health.
We often ignore one component and that is our social health! There is such a thing.
Fact of the matter is: connecting with others socially is much needed to maintain good health and happiness. Not that we didn't already know this, right? But sometimes we need a little encouragement to heed it.
Being a born gatherer, I have always known the importance of human connection and interaction. It is something I have always thrived on. I recently found out the hard way how important, when I broke my right leg. No driving for a while for me, and as I live out of town this also means I have to rely on others to chauffeur me around or come visit. Being stuck at home has made me feel quite isolated and lonely at times. I do like my own company but only for a little while. Yes, there is Facebook, phone, or messenger but it’s not the same as sitting chatting over a cuppa. Thankfully for me there is light at the end of the tunnel but for some it is a reality day in and day out. Sadly, many an article or survey out there right now says loneliness is at epidemic proportions and equals or surpasses smoking and obesity as a health risk.
The hardest thing for people is… stepping out on their own.
A healthy community is one that offers something for everyone. For me that community needs to make me feel comfortable, be fun, friendly and a welcoming environment that gives me a strong sense of belonging.
When I started Ladies Out Loud I never really knew that I was looking out for women’s social health but now that I have “the label,” it actually all fits.
"Ladies Out Loud... elevating social health, in a community of love and laugher."
Being social doesn’t mean being the life and soul of the party. Social health is how we interact with people and how often. It is connecting with others, talking and listening, being able to share our happy and sad thoughts, learning new things, having fun, creating and maintaining healthy relationships and friendships. It helps to keep our mind active. As we age, we start to lose loved ones, marriages break down or we move to be closer to loved ones, leaving friends behind. I do have to say that loneliness doesn’t only affect people living on their own.
So, what to do? Try something new or find something that is a fit for you. Is it a group like Ladies Out Loud? Is it a church group, a senior’s group, team sports, choir, dance, crafting? There are so many options. Stop and Talk. I always chat to the cash girl or people next in line. It doesn’t hurt anyone to have a little banter with the person standing in line by you.
Group activities isn’t for everyone so maybe try volunteering. Many groups offer opportunities that are more geared to one on one.
Volunteering is a great way to meet people; you learn something new and it feels good to give back. There are lots of non-profit groups in town looking for your expertise and support. Volunteer Airdrie has a list to help you find something that fits your personality. If you want to join other women to learn, laugh and live out loud then come join Ladies Out Loud. We don’t limit our age but our average age right now is 55 with women much younger and much older joining us. AND YES if you are in your 70’s (I was asked this the other day) you are more than welcome to join us. We all learn from each other regardless of how old we are and can relate to just being a woman.
Ladies Out Loud offers a fun way to infuse social health into your life and to understand how you can deal with these issues through simply having FUN. Yes who knew that socializing, learning and having fun can contribute to our overall health.
Ladies Out Loud... Looking after your social health, through social, learning and fun activities, workshops and events.
“It's essential to keep moving, learning and evolving for as long as you're here and this world keeps spinning” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru